Malala: An inspiration
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