Today, Malala Yousafzai celebrates her 16th birthday. She will spend this day in New York, along with other young leaders from around the world, discussing the issues related to education at the United Nations.
The United Nations declared July 12 “Malala Day” in honor of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist. This is the day she was born. Today, she celebrates it for the 16th time.
Despite her young age, Malala Yousafzai has become an international symbol of the struggle for access to education, and even, as TIME and Newsweek magazines agreed, one of the most influential persons in the world. The Taliban wanted to deprive her of access to school, but with her determination and courage, rather than a victim, she became a school hero.
Today, the young leaders from many countries, including Malala, meet to discuss the problem of education in the world and the lack of access to it. This will be the first public speech of Malala since the attack on her life.
“Malala Day” is a tribute to the young activist and her determination, but also the moment when we should reflect on the fate of those children who are still not able to get access to education. Today, 57 million children in the world have no access to education. Sending them to school is a priority for Malala: “I want every child in the world could go to school”, says Pakistani girl in her statement, and the crowds follow her voice.
More and and more people join her appeal and support her desires. Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu. In December 2011, she received the first National Peace Award for Youth in Pakistan and in June – Freedom Award at the Wroclaw Global Forum. She is also the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
You can support her demands by signing the petition:
Malala’s petition addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Here you can sign a petition for the Nobel Peace Prize:
Petition the Nobel Peace Prize for Malala.
We also encourage you to join the campaign girl with the book, which supports Malala’s activities.
Happy Birthday, Malala!