Many of you will have heard of Nobel Prize winning Malala Yousafzai. A young woman brought up in Pakistan, who campaigns for education of children across the world, in particular, girls.
I knew of Malala, she’s been on the news and is often on Newsround. I’ve spoke to previous students about her and the suffering she went through after a personal attack on her by the Taliban, an extremist group. What I learnt from her story is the years of struggle she and her family faced in the years before her attack. They stood up to the people spreading their radical views and physically trying to stop people doing things which they thought was wrong. Stuff like letting girls go to school.
Malala’s religion is clearly fundamental in her life. She always refers to her thoughts, prayers and learning from the Qu’ran. She draws on lessons of kindness and forgiveness which helps her be strong whilst campaigning globally and challenging those who do not agree with her.
I would highly recommend this book to children in year 6 who are confident readers. Although this book is a version written for children, it does discuss issues of war and violence, something that parents/carers might not be happy with. This book has been turned into a film which is a PG and Malala is often on Newsround, but please do check with your parents/carers first.
Although the now over two years old, the Newsround special below is informative on who Malala is.