Malala’s story told in school mural
An Auckland schoolgirl inspired by Malala Yousafzai has created a mural to pay tribute to the Pakistani teen.
In October Malala, 16, survived being shot in the head by the Taliban late last year for her outspoken views promoting education for girls.
Her story echoed around the globe and sparked an international outpouring of support. She was even tipped as a possible winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
Auckland Girls’ Grammar student Nardos Tilahun incorporated Malala into her mural design as a part of Amnesty International’s Freedom Challenge.
‘‘Malala’s story spoke to everyone here because she is our age,’’ Nardos says.
‘‘It’s a big issue. And for someone her age to stand up for women’s rights is inspirational and motivational, because it shows what we can do and that we can stand up for what we believe in.’’
Also depicted in the mural is a girl from Aotearoa who is tuning her headphones to Malala’s mess- age. Other motifs include peace doves and a modern interpretation of Atlas.
‘‘In Greek mythology Atlas is the one who has to carry the burden of the world, but it’s not just men who carry the world’s burdens. Women are key players too,’’ Nardos says.
The year 11 student entered her design into the school’s mural competition as a part of Freedom Week.
Her winning design came to life over several weeks with the help of a dozen other students.
Materials for the painting were either sponsored or donated.
‘‘It’s different from when it was drawn. There is more detail and it has more of a 3D effect,’’ she says.
There are plans to install the picture in a prominent location within the school where it can influence visitors and students.
The piece is also being entered into the Resene Mural Masterpieces competition this month.
Colourful creation: Auckland Girls’ Grammar student Nardos Tilahun created a mural inspired by education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban.
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