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Malala Yousafzai: An Amazing Kid from History

By Jordan Brunk, Amazing Kid from History Editor and Contributing Writer

 

Malala Yousafzai is an amazing kid from history. She is important because she shows us that we can stand up for our rights as human beings even though there are powerful forces above us that try to prevent us from doing so. Malala was born on July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. When she was growing up, Malala had many different opinions than those around her, specifically relating to education. She wished to go to school and learn, but she could not because of her country laws.

After going for several years with most of her ideas to herself about education, Malala had enough. She yearned for her unalienable right to learn. Malala decided to start speaking her mind about the education laws in Pakistan by writing columns about her views and opinions on women’s education with the support of her father under the screen name Gul Makai.” on BBC.

Later on, women and girls were finally granted the ability to go to school if they wore a Burka around their heads. Malala was very excited because she would finally be able to receive what she had been hoping for for so long. However, the Taliban, people who supported all of the laws, did not like those who spoke out against the government for their beliefs. They knew that some people resented the laws, such as Malala, and so they made them even stricter to the point that students were scared to go to school.

On October 9th, 2012, Malala thought that is was just a normal day. She was riding home on the school bus when a Taliban member stepped onto the bus, demanding to know which one was Malala. She was suddenly shot in the head by this supporter when they found out who she was. Almost everyone thought that she was going to die, however she made a slow recovery at multiple hospitals.

After being shot and making an amazing recovery, Malala decided to write a book about her life and beliefs titled, I am Malala. She didn’t stop speaking up about the educational rights of women, and this really sparked the interest of other countries such as the United States. Malala was then invited to speak at conferences about her beliefs, ideas, and faith. She was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her brilliant words and speeches.

Representatives decided to make new laws in Pakistan regarding education and how every student regardless of their gender is allowed to go to school and learn. Malala was delighted about this information and that everything she had worked for was happening. Today, she continues to awe us with speeches and other acts to further help others.

Malala inspires us to stand up for what we believe in where we live and all around the world. She teaches us to never just stay silent, but to speak up and let those know when something is not fair or right. We learn that kids can really make important changes in the world and benefit others. In this way, Malala Yousafzai truly is an amazing kid from history.

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