Malala Tak­ing a Stand

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE - ZONNA MIR, GRADE 7, AN­CASTER MEADOW

Malala Yousafzai is an ed­u­ca­tion ac­tivist who is known for stand­ing up to the Tal­iban, who pre­vented girls from get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion. Malala was shot in the head for her ef­forts to spread the word through a BBC blog and she mirac­u­lously sur­vived. Af­ter all this, she opened the Malala Fund which is a program that raises money to help give chil­dren around the world a good ed­u­ca­tion. Only one year af­ter de­vel­op­ing the fund, Malala re­ceived the No­bel Peace Prize, be­com­ing the youngest and first Pak­istani ever to re­ceive this award. Malala will con­tinue to stand up for chil­dren who have been de­prived of the right to go to school un­til ev­ery child in the world has that op­por­tu­nity.

Malala’s story is re­ally unique. It is in­trigu­ing be­cause an act of re­bel­lion from one per­son led to an act of re­bel­lion from mil­lions. Even though Malala knew that it wasn’t safe and that the Tal­iban might harm her, she still protested against them. Af­ter she was shot, she still de­cided to keep speak­ing out against peo­ple that dis­al­lowed chil­dren to go to school. She kept stand­ing up for what she be­lieved was right and peo­ple be­gan to re­al­ize that she was. She had faith that if she showed them what was right, they would know they were wrong.

Malala Yousafzai is a de­ter­mined, in­tel­li­gent, self­less and spir­ited woman. She did some­thing ev­ery­one else in Swat, Pak­istan was afraid to do and she risked her life do­ing so. All Malala wanted was to go to school and al­most had to die to get that priv­i­lege. Malala knew that she had to stand up to the Tal­iban, not just for her, but for her vil­lage. She was brave and showed true character dur­ing a time when most peo­ple had lost hope. That’s who Malala Yousafzai re­ally is, a girl with hope.

There are still peo­ple who be­lieve that women do not de­serve to get an ed­u­ca­tion and there are still mil­lions of girls not able to go to school. That’s not go­ing to change un­less we change it our­selves. We can’t rely on Malala to do it all by her­self. More peo­ple are go­ing to help those kids in need and do­nate to or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Malala Fund once they re­al­ize what the is­sue is. Malala has given a fu­ture to hun­dreds of girls world­wide and we must con­tinue build­ing their fu­tures. To change some­thing in this world, you must have the courage to take a stand and be will­ing to change your­self.

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