Here's Why You Should Know Who Malala Yousafzai Is

She's 17, in school just like you, and as of today, A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
by Macy Alcaraz   |  Oct 11, 2014
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If her name sounds familiar, you might a recall a 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai who bravely stood up against the Taliban two years ago, because she so badly wanted to go back to school. Fast forward today, she shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, who also shares her struggle against the suppression of children and their right to good education. This 17-year-old is a pretty big deal, and you should get to know her and her cause. Click play to watch her speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.

What you can learn from this brave 17-year-old Pakistani student championing education:

  1. Stand up for your rights. Even if you're young, you should be responsible for yourself. Don't wait for anyone to defend you. Be the one to push for your rights.
  2. Speak up. At 15, Malala was brave enough to speak against the Taliban, risking her life. She survived a gunshot and instead of keeping quiet, her mission became even more steadfast and strong. Over 2 million Pakistanis signed a petition that helped confirm the country's first bill for the Right to Education.
  3. Don't ask for special favors. Malala was in school when the announcement for the Nobel Peace Prize was made. And instead of asking to be excused from her classes, she finished all her lessons before dealing with it. She says that she feels like she does not deserve the award, but is honored to share it with a fellow child's rights activist. And she feels that this will help their cause to push for the right of every child to get good education

What did you think of Malala's speech? Isn't it cool that someone who could have been your classmate or friend is actually doing great things for kids like you who aren't given the right to go to school? Share your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to share this article with your friends!

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