‘Education is the only solution’

Speaking on her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai called for education for every child and told the United Nations that books and pens scare terrorists.

The speech was Malala’s first public address since she was shot last October and she addressed 500 students at a specially convened youth assembly, the BBC reports. She said that the Taliban attack had only made her more determined: “The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”

Malala has been credited with bringing the issue of women’s education to global attention and says she is fighting for women’s rights because “they are the ones who suffer the most”.  She called on politicians to take urgent action to ensure every child has the right to go to school: “Let us pick up our books and pens,” she said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

Malala, who may be a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, presented a petition with over three million signatures to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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2 thoughts on “‘Education is the only solution’

  1. Education should be for all children in the whole world and it should be free up to and including university level. Fees should be abolished and grants made available to all, especially the very needy should be elligible for a greater proportion!!!!

  2. The type and quality of education determines the outcomes. Because of this certain factor, it is essential that our aims and objectives are clear and conforming to the enlightened law that was handed down to us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
    Without His help and guidace granted to us from the ecclesiastical formula, we are easy victims to fati rather than Holy though Fatima

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