July 12, 2013
On July 12, 2013, eight months after she was shot in the head and mirac ulously survived, Malala Yousufzai will be celebrating her 16th birthday by addressing the UN General Assembly and calling on all governments to ensure free and compulsory education for every child.
On October 9, 2012, Pakistan watched in horror as TV channels showed the news of a young girl being shot by the Taliban in Swat as she was on her way back from school. Her crime? She said she wanted an education. On her 16th birthday, Malala will be joined by students from more than 80 countries to launch Global Youth Movement for Education.
To support Malala’s global campaign for education and to celebrate her 16th birthday as she addresses world leaders to urge them to provide quality education to every child, Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi organized different activities in all its summer schools and child labour drop in centers to show support for brave Malala.
ITA team which included Asifa Ghani, Shamyl Khan, Ejaz Shirazi and Maham Ali visited the G-7 child labour drop-in center and held an art activity for children. On this occasion, Islamabad based author, artist and founder of Funkor Childart Center, Fauzia Minallah also came to the drop in center where she helped the children make a mural on the importance of education.
Children also made cards for the young global campaigner for education where they not only wished her a happy birthday but also wrote messages for her promising to stand by her and her cause.
At only the young age of 16, Malala has become a symbol of hope and courage for millions around the world and esp in her home country where girls are not only discouraged to not go to schools but also have to face extreme violence because they dared to get an education. 14 female students were brutally shot dead in Quetta just recently while they were going to university.
According to the latest statistics by UNESCO, around 4.5 million children of primary age don’t get an education. Malala is very bravely fighting for all these out of school children because she understands the importance of education. She knows what it feels like when one’s basic right is snatched away from them violently.
Malala has become a symbol of hope for eduation and a symbol of resistance against those who don’t want girls going to school. We hope that many young girls and boys are inspired by Malala’s strength and courage and will stand against injustice, oppression and violence.