The Fearless Activist Who Took A Bullet For Education? Or her fight for education?
By Nur Sarah
1st June 2018
Imagine if something as basic as education being taken away from you, Seems unlike doesn’t it? In Singapore, we are very privilege to be given an education despite gender, race or income status. However this privilege is taken away in some other countries. An Pakistani educator advocate born on 12 july 1997 fought for girls’ rights to education. Unhappy- Taliban gunman shot her in the head in 2012. However, she survived and went on to win the Nobel Peace prize. And thanks to her , children have the right to access free education and are able to complete a full course of primary schooling. This person is Malala Yousafzai.
On 3 January 2009, Malala’s first entry about her life as a schoolgirl was posted to the BBC Urdu Blog. As her blog grew, she continued to speak out about women’s rights to education. Afterwards, Malala and her family were issued a death threat against her because of her activism. Although Malala was concerned for the her father’s safety, she and her family initially thought that the fundamentalist group would not harm a child. unfortunately, she was wrong.
On 9 October 2012, when Malala was only 15 years old and was riding a bus with her friends on their way home from school, a masked gunman boarded the bus and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When her friends looked towards Malala, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head. Two of her friends were also injured in the attack. The shooting left Malala in critical condition, therefore she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. She had to have a portion of her skull removed to treat her swelling. To receive further care, she was transferred to Birmingham, England where she underwent multiple surgeries to fix the paralyzed left side of her face. The shooting resulted in a massive number of overwhelming support for Yousafzai, which continued during her recovery. Woefully, the Taliban still considers her a target, although Yousafzai remains a committed advocate for the power of education.
On March 29 2018 ,after 6 years since her brutal attack, Malala returned to Pakistan for the first time. Soon after arriving , she met with Prime Minister, and gave an emotional speech at his office. In her speech, she said “In the last five years, I have always dreamed of coming back to my country, I never wanted to leave.” During her trip there, she launched a school for girls being built with aid from the Malala Fund. This fund helps raise money to build private schools for girls who can’t go to school. “Create a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear through this” Malala hoped and mentioned.
Even though Malala had a lot of struggles, she has made a huge difference for girls around the world who do not have an education. Also, Malala has many achievements. She won Pakistan’s national peace award for her bravery in writing about the difficulties of living in the shadow of the Taliban. She also won the Sakharov prize.However, her greatest achievement was winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Today, Malala lives in Birmingham, UK, where she attends Oxford University and studies Philosophy, Politics, and Economics to strengthen her influence. Throughout her journey, Malala has shown a remarkable amount of strength and courage. The attempt to take away her life only served to strengthen her belief in a better, more equal world. Her voice has not only brought education to thousands of children but it has also inspired millions. Malala Yousafzai is proof that “age has no bearing in the fight for what is right, that anyone can and should raise their voice to improve the world around them.”