Malala (Age 11) Fights For Girls to Go to School

Malala is older now in 2016, but she was only 11 years of age when she decided to fight for an education.  She was born in Pakistan, but now lives in England.   Here is her story about how young boys and girls can make a difference in life.

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Kids can be heroes in any country whether it is big or small. On July 12, 1997 a baby girl was born in Pakistan.  Her parents believed that boys and girls should be educated. However, a group called the Taliban took over her hometown of Mingora in Northwestern Pakistan.

The Taliban
The Taliban

They had guns and they closed schools and cinemas and banned most kinds of music.  They did not want girls to go to school.  Malala’s father was a teacher and this upset him.

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Malala’s town was high up in the mountains.  This made it hard for the government of Pakistan to send troops to find the Taliban.  Malala was impatient.  While there was this constant delay, girls were not being educated.  She wanted to get her problem out to the world.  This way, the government would be forced to act quicker.  You can see from the picture that some schools in Pakistan do not have desks, but these girls wants to learn.

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Malala at Age 11

Malala fought the Taliban not with guns;  her weapon was the internet. She started blogging about the Taliban takeover and how girls were no longer allowed to go to school. She wrote articles or blogs and sent them to England. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) was very interested and tried to help. Then the Taliban closed hundreds of schools. She spoke to a BBC television reporter. She told the world, “All I want is an education.”

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The Government of Pakistan Fights the Taliban

It took some time for the government to open the schools. Malala was still speaking out to newspapers and television reporters about getting every girl into school. Sometimes, parents needed their daughters to work, but Malala asked that they put them into school. She told them that with an education, girls would earn more money.

Malala at Age 15

Now, Malala was a known person throughout the world. She did not want war against the Taliban. She wanted peace. The Taliban wanted to stop Malala. A gunman boarded her school bus and shot her on the left side of her forehead. This happened on October 09, 2012.

The World Waits

Malala was flown to England for specialized surgery. She was barely alive. Would she be paralyzed? Would she be able to speak? What would become of all the hard work she had done to get girls to school?

Malala recovered and eventually went to school in her new home, Birmingham, England. Mala wrote her story in a book called “I Am Malala.”

 

The Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala

Four years after being shot, Malala in 2014, it was announced that Malala would share the Nobel Peace Prize, with an Indian Adult, Kailash Satyarthi.   He worked to bring attention to children who should be in schools in India, but were out working.   He mentioned that some of the children who were forced to work long hours were as young as 6 or 7 years of age

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Malala, at age 17, was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.   Malala continues to fight for the rights of children to have an education.

Don’t Wait

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If you feel that NOW – you can help in your school, in your community or in the world, talk to your parents.

Beautiful Birds in an Australian Garden

Hello.  Pauline here.

Fitting European countries into Australia
Fitting European countries into Australia

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I am staying at a wonderful house just north of Sydney, Australia.  This is the month of November and Australia is heading into summer.  I am glad to be here because soon snow will be coming to my home in Canada.  I much prefer the sunshine.

Some Beautiful Birds in the Garden

White Cockatoo
White Cockatoo
Gallah parrot
Gallah parrot

The male Gallah has dark brown eye and female has red eye.  Often seen in large flocks of between 30 to 1000 birds. In rain they like to hang upside down from branches or power lines, wings spread wide to catch the rain.
Gallahs like to eat fruit, seeds, nuts and berries and grubs.  They build nests in hollow treats and lay 3-4 white eggs.  Both parents sit on the eggs.

Cockatoos

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a large white parrot.  This is a noisy bird that enjoys living in forests and open plains.  It is even found in the backyards of city homes.  They like to live in the same area.  They like to eat berries, seeds, nuts and roots. To sharpen its beak/bill, Cockatoos will bite off small branches.

Eggs

Like the Gallahs, Cockatoos lay eggs in the hollow of trees and both mom and dad sit on the eggs.  The chicks remain with the parents all year round and family groups will stay together indefinitely.