Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
In commemoration of the First International Day of the Girl Child and for those who haven’t heard or even bothered to know who she is, this is MALALA YOUSAFZAI, a 14 year old girl that was shot by Taliban gunman on October 9th.
At the young age of 11, which most girls are thinking about getting new dolls, iPads, clothes and stuffs, she wrote an anonymous entry to the BBC Urdu blog and talk about how Taliban wanted to restrain education from girls in the Swat Valley where she lives. She was fighting for her education, something that shouldn’t be banned to any child in the world.
Here is a fragment of what she wrote back in 2009:
I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taleban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid going to school because the Taleban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools.
Only 11 students attended the class out of 27. The number decreased because of Taleban’s edict. My three friends have shifted to Peshawar, Lahore and Rawalpindi with their families after this edict.
On my way from school to home I heard a man saying ‘I will kill you’. I hastened my pace and after a while I looked back if the man was still coming behind me. But to my utter relief he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone.
She is so courageous and brave, even from a young age, she is a role model. Even though she was banned from school, her voice was so powerful and loud that she has been awarded and honoured:
- 2011 – International Children’s Peace Prize – The Dutch international children’s advocacy group KidsRights Foundation included Yousafzai as one of five nominees worldwide for the prize, the first Pakistani girl ever nominated for the award. She was the runner-up.
- 19 December 2011 – Pakistan’s National Peace Prize – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani awarded Yousafzai with Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize for those under 18 years old — subsequently renamed the National Malala Peace Prize.Speaking to the media after attending the proceedings, Yousafzai expressed her wish to form her own political party comprising people working for the cause of education, saying “my party will operate in all four provinces.” On Yousafzai’s request, the prime minister directed the authorities to set up an IT campus in the Swat Degree College for Women.
- 3 January 2012 – The Government Girls Secondary School, Mission Road, was renamed to Malala Yousufzai Government Girls Secondary School in her honour.
Girls all over the world should have education, no matter what, no matter who. Education is the most important tool you can have to defend yourself. Ignorant people fight with guns, educated people with words.
When a country or a group of people restrain education to kids, what they really want is to control them, control the population from a young age so they won’t know how to defend themselves. A country with no education is easily manipulated and easily corrupted.
We should all take the example of Malala and fight against what’s wrong, fight for our education, never to cease on learning, because its our best and most powerful weapon.
The greatest terror of the Taliban has been a 14 year old girl armed with books
“I want education, not soap operas”