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.
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.
Living Surrounded by Mountains
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.
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.”
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
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
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.
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