Malala’s story told in school mu­ral

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

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.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour and click Lat­est Edi­tion to watch a video of Malala on


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