Celebrating Malala Day: A Voice for Education and Change

Every year on July 12th, we celebrate Malala Day, a day dedicated to honoring the courage of Malala Yousafzai. Malala’s story is more than just a personal journey. Her consistent commitment to education has inspired a generation. By celebrating Malala Day, we honor her bravery and ensure everyone fights for education for all. Let us ensure that every child, regardless of gender, background, or circumstance, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and reach their full potential.

Who is Malala Yousafzai

Malala was born in Mingora, a city in Pakistan, on 12 July 1997. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, who ran a girls’ school, was a well-known educator and wanted her daughter to receive the same education as a boy would. In 2008 she began to speak for education rights. However, in 2009, when Malala was just 11 years old, the Taliban banned all girls from going to school. Despite all this, she continued to speak for education and became known worldwide. In 2014, Malala received a Nobel Peace Prize for promoting equal education rights and at the age of 17, she became the youngest Nobel Laureate. In the year of 2020, she graduated from Oxford University. Now she is the co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Malana Got Shot On Her Head

In 2012, Malala’s activism took a terrifying turn. A Taliban gunman shot her in the head while going to school via a school bus, but fortunately, she survived and became stronger than ever. She even wrote a blog for the BBC, detailing life under Taliban rule and her desire to seek education. On her 16th birthday, she gave a speech on youth education in the United Nations and said “They thought the bullets would silence them but they failed”. Many people got inspired by her speech and the United Nations decided to declare 12 July as Malala Day.

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What Happens on Malala Day

It was established to honor Malala Yousafzai’s bravery in the fight she had for education rights all over the world. It reminds us all that education is a fundamental human right, not a privilege. Millions of girls around the world continue to be denied access to education due to poverty, conflict, and cultural norms.  There are many other organizations that emphasize the importance of education rights on Malala Day. One of the examples is HundrEd, which is one of the global nonprofit organizations working on improving the education system. Malala Day is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about Malala’s work. Her powerful speeches inspired millions and highlighted the importance of education for girls as a pathway to peace and progress. The MGCubed project has influenced more than 36k students.

Here Are Some Ways to Celebrate Malala Day

Educate Yourself

Learn more about Malala’s story and the fight for girls’ education. Read and discuss Malala’s book “I Am Malala” with a book club or classroom. Assign a research project on the state of girls’ education around the world.

Raise Awareness in Your Community

Create a social media campaign using the hashtag #MalalaDay to spread awareness. Share a powerful quote by Malala Yousafzai about the importance of education. You can also write the history of Malala Day and Malala’s inspiring story. Create a short video highlighting the challenges girls still face in getting an education globally.

Support Organizations

Donate to organizations working to promote girls’ education around the world, like the Malala Fund https://malala.org/. Write a letter to your representatives asking them to support policies that promote girls’ education. 

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