Malala Yousafzai Jocelyn Bringht


Malala was born on 12 July 1997 in Mingora, a town in the Swat District of north-west Pakistan. Her father, Ziauddin, always loved learning and ran a school close to the their house. He was known as an advocate for education in Pakistan, and became an speaker against the Taliban efforts to stop education and stop girls from going to school.

Malala shared her father’s passion for learning and loved going to school. In 2009, Malala began writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service under a fake name, about fears that her school would be attacked and the increasing military activity in Swat. Her father was told that his school had to close. Malala and her father received many death threats but continued to speak up for education. Around this time, Malala was featured in a documentary made for The New York Times and was revealed as the author of the BBC blog. In 2011, she received Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated by Archbishop, Desmond Tutu for the International Children's Peace Prize. As she continued to receive attention and national recognition, Taliban leaders voted to kill her.

On October 9, 2012, as Malala was riding home from school on the bus, a masked gunman entered her school bus and asked for Malala. She was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder. She survived the attack, but was in critical condition and was moved to a hospital in the United Kingdom for treatment.

Courageous Act

The Taliban's attempt to kill Malala didn't stop her from sharing her message. Even though she sknew she was already threatened and would receive even more of them, she continued to reach people. Malala became a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a real education . In 2013, Malala and her dad co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to girls' education and to encourage girls to raise their voices and demand change. Malala accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2014 and gave her entire prize money of more than $500,000 to help the creation of a second school for girls in Pakistan.


Malala's story is one that everyone can learn from. Her story is full of preservince and inspiration. I could never imagine going what she went through just to go to school. It made me realize how much people, including me, dislike school and take advantage of it. This makes me be grateful and not take it for granted because you can never know what could happen. This has inspired me to never stop and don't let something get me down. I can always find an upside like she did. I can also keep on fighting until something changes.


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