Equally as important do you children know who she is? Her name is Malala and she has been nominated by Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize as well as winning the Nobel Prize for Peace a few weeks ago.
She is also recovering from bullets to her brain and neck.
She was well aware that there would be an attempt on her life, the notice that she would be killed was published in the newspaper and notes had been slipped under the door at her family’s home. There had been unanimous agreement earlier this summer in a meeting of the top Taliban that the egregious act of treason she had committed was punishable by death.
She said prior to the shooting, “I thinks of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.”
That’s right dear friends, her egregious act of treason was to speak out for the right not only for herself but the 32 million girls worldwide that are not allowed to attend school. That’s it.
This is more than just a tragic story from a faraway place. It needs to go beyond just another article in the paper, it must be added to our list of things we as a civilized society will no longer tolerate.
First as adults must make certain that our children understand the value of the amazing opportunity for education that they have been given. Next we must remind ourselves that there are places remaining in the world that education is not a right and that there are many children so desperate for an opportunity to learn that they will knowingly risk their lives.
Then I need to ask a favor. Please join Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the UK, who is the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and myself, along with millions of others in signing a petition that speaks clearly that we will no longer tolerate any children being denied the opportunity for an education.
Please go to www.iammalala.org and sign the petition and then mark your calendars on November 10th please share, “I am Malala” on Facebook and Twitter to show that you believe that every child has the right to education.
And please keep Malala in your thoughts and prayers as she faces a long road of recovery ahead.