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14 October, 2013

One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”

«One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”
Education is the only solution. Education First.»


With  those words Malala Yousafzai, endend her speech at  United Nations Assembly on July 2013. Few days ago, the  Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner who was shot in the head  a year ago by the Taliban for campaigning for better rights for girls, has won the EU's Sakharov human rights prize.
"By awarding the Sakharov Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the European Parliament acknowledges the incredible strength of this young woman. Malala bravely stands for the right of all children to be granted a fair education. This right for girls is far too commonly neglected", said EP President Martin Schulz, announcing the laureate. Ms Yousafzai, 16, is a student from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Pakistan, known for her women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban regime has banned girls from attending school.

"She gave her first public speech in September 2008, entitled "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to an education?". When all girls' schools under Taliban control were closed in January 2009, she started a blog for BBC Urdu under the pseudonym of Gul Makai, a folklore heroine. The blog brought fame to Malala and her fight. Threats to her family followed as soon as her identity was revealed, leading up to an assassination attempt in October 2012, when she was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.”

Malala ,appeared on the Daily Show last night, ahead of Friday's announcement for the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Her answer to one of Jon Stewart's questions left him speechless. Watch the video here

 Sources: europarl.europa.eu, business insider