Friday, October 18, 2013

Blog 6: Pakistani Education Advocate Receives Awards

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani schoolgirl that was shot in the head by the Taliban for encouraging women to seek an education in Pakistan. This girl miraculously survived the assassination attempt, which further strengthened her cause and her will to fight for her right to learn. Malala has received several awards for what she has done, such as Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament, the Anna Politkovskaya Award by Reach All Women in War, the Harvard University's 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, and was also a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize (Pakistani Education Advocate). Malala dreams of becoming the prime minister of Pakistan, a political position of power where she hopes to make a change. She wants women to be educated because she is a firm believer that everyone has a right to learn, and that education is important to have in order to fight the Taliban. She says that the Taliban are afraid of power, of women learning, and so she fights for her right to sit in a classroom in order to fight back against the Taliban.

Malala is an activist, like hundreds of others out there. She is fighting for education and equality among education because she believes that education makes a difference. There are hundreds of movements, particularly in today's world, to not only better the current education system, but to also give education to those that are not fortunate enough to have immediate access. The importance of education is being seen on a global level and everyone seems to be teaming up to fight for everyone to be able to learn. Although education is not the same across the board, particularly where standards are involved, nations still see that it is important to be educated in order to have a sound economy and the citizens of these nations are seeing the same thing, particularly where education is limited or even unavailable. 

Tara Cook
October 18, 2013
2:45 p.m.

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