I’m sure a lot of you of aware of the remarkable story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban because she was campaigning for female education in her home country. A Taliban gunman shot her in the head a year ago after he boarded her school bus in north-west Pakistan.
Well this time she has spoken out about British schoolgirls. She believes that British schoolgirls are taking school for granted. The teenager urges pupils to recognise how important and how ‘precious’ it is to have the chance to study.
Speaking to the BBC1′s Panorama programme, she said: ‘Reading a book, having a pen in our hands, studying, sitting in a classroom is something very special for us because once we were deprived from it.’
Malala, now 16, angered the Taliban with her outspoken promotion of girls’ education. She explained: ‘For my brothers, it was easy to think about the future, they can be anything they want. But for me, it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and I wanted to empower myself with knowledge.’
She was treated in Britain for her injuries and now lives in Birmingham with her family. She started at Edgbaston High School for Girls in March.
Malala has been invited to a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on October 18.