Malala: An in­spi­ra­tion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - MAHEEN AB­BASI

When it comes to the name Malala, one word clicks on mind and that is ‘ed­u­ca­tion’. Malala, a young girl who stood up for ed­u­ca­tion and changed the world, is now in the queue of mil­lion­aires by sell­ing her most in­spi­ra­tional book on her life and ap­pear­ances on the global speaker cir­cuit.

The Swat girl who is just 18 years old now, is a great role model and in­spi­ra­tion of ev­ery child. She is the youngest per­son to win the No­bel peace prize and shot to in­ter­na­tional fame af­ter es­cap­ing the as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on a school bus in Swat val­ley in Oc­to­ber 2012. She re­ceived med­i­cal treat­ment in Bri­tain where she now lives, is in con­stant de­mand glob­ally, charg­ing $152,000 per speech com­pared with Des­mond Tutu’s re­ported $85,000, ac­cord­ing to US-based In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Stud­ies. Her mem­oir, “I am Malala”, pub­lished in 2013, has sold 287,170 copies in Bri­tain with a to­tal value of about 2.2 mil­lion pounds ($3 mil­lion) and over 1.8 mil­lion copies world­wide.

Ear­lier this year, Malala urged world lead­ers at a con­fer­ence in Lon­don to com­mit $1.4 bil­lion to give Syr­ian refugee chil­dren ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. In 2009, she wrote BBC anony­mous blog of her life un­der Tal­iban; from 2009 to 2010, her iden­tity re­vealed in TV in­ter­views and doc­u­men­taries. In 2011, she be­came In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Peace prize nom­i­nee. In 2012, she was shot for as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt by Tal­iban. And in 2013 she was named as most in­flu­en­tial per­son by ‘Times’ mag­a­zine. Today, she in­spires ev­ery child es­pe­cially a girl child glob­ally; she is a real icon. — Karachi

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