Malala Yousafzai – Children Do Lead

September 5, 2013

You’ve probably heard of Malala Yousafzai even if you can’t recall her name. At 16, she is one of the most powerful moral voices of our time. A leader on behalf of the power of education and the rights of women and children.

In 2009, as a 13-year-old in the Swat valley of Pakistan, Malala became an anonymous blogger for the BBC Urdu Blog. Shortly after, the Taliban in her town issued an edict banning girls from school. Malala and her family were forced to flee their town of Mingora, but she became a powerful voice in the struggle to guarantee education for girls.

Malala met with U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. She received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. Her family returned to a Mingora devastated by the conflict between the Pakistani army and the Taliban. Then, Malala and other girls continued with their schooling.

And on October 9, 2012, a gunman came on to Malala’s school bus, asked for her to be identified then shot her in the head, also injuring two of her friends.

Malala survived and on July 12, 2013 she addressed the United Nations Youth Assembly.

She was still only 16 years old.

Gould’s mission calls on us to educate our students to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.

Malala is a hero who helps us see clearly the possibilities of our mission and our hopes for all of our daughters and children.

Two days ago, Malala spoke at the opening of the largest library in Birmingham England. Below is that video and the address at the UN. I think that you’ll find they’re well worth the time. As I watched this brilliant young woman speak, I found myself caught between powerful emotions. Visceral gratitude for the safety and opportunities for my own daughter, Johanna. And the boundless potential of young people to accomplish great things.

Thank you, Malala.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and reflections. Feel free to comment.


Opening of Birmingham Library, Malala speaks in the first 3 minutes


Malala addresses the United Nations Youth Assembly, 18 minutes and well worth it!


Another source if you have the time.

Profile of Malala Yousafzai Pakistani Girl Shot by the Taliban – Class Dismissed




2 Responses

  1. Avatar sara shifrin says:

    Powerful stuff to think about as International Peace Day is on the horizon.

  2. Avatar Katie says:

    This young woman is stunning. Malala’s perspective is and should be globally inspiring. Her message that one bullet, meant to silence her, has raised the voice of thousands, brought tears to my eyes. When she said that the bullet not only killed her weakness, fear and hopelessness, but gave her strength, power and courage, I was reminded that retaliation is not the answer to oppression. We can all learn from Malala’s moral fortitude. If we at Gould Academy can convey this message to our students, we will help create a more peaceful planet.

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