Young Heroes

Malala Yousafzai

by Lucia from Kaohsiung in Taiwan

Who is your hero? What does he or she contribute for society? Well, my hero, who is an activist in Pakistan known for her rights and education, is Malala Yousafzai. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” This is my favorite quote from her. A lot of girls there are afraid to fight their rights because Taliban will punish them. So, I also admire her courage, too.

140541内閣官房内閣広報室 / CC BY (    In 1997, Malala was born at a Pashtun family in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. In 2008, she became a BBC blog writer. The BBC published translated writings about her life under Taliban rule. The Taliban burned almost one hundred schools. They don’t allowed girls to go to school. A lot of things they did for girls were really bad. She began to appear on television, advocating for girls’ education in public. As Malala became famous, she was increasingly threatened. On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot by a masked Taliban gunman in northwestern Pakistan. The bullet passed through the head and neck, and eventually remained in the shoulder. After being shot, Malala fell into a coma and was airlifted to a military hospital in Peshawar. After undergoing surgery, she did not lose her determination to fight for education. She continues to participate in the international movement for women's rights. In 2013, she won the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament for her freedom of thought and published her autobiography "I am Malala." This book is about her fighting for women’s right to education and her spirit of never giving up. She also set up the Malala Fund with her father to help girls around the world continue their studies without fear, and she has also built new girls' schools near her hometown.

     Due to her bravery and power, people started to value issues for the nearly 600,000 out-of-school children worldwide. One of the Pakistan schools changed their name to “Malala College” to support her contribution to girls' rights to education. Now she is studying at a British college, continuing to speak for the weak, and actively promoting educational equity. A 17-year-old girl teaches us “You are braver than you think," as well as teaches the world to listen. And this is why Malala Yousafzai is my hero.


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