“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond.” It was a diamond Malala Yousafzai was willing to risk her life for. This quote symbolizes the 157 million girls who go without access to education every year. Malala Yousafzai‘s heartbreaking story will change the hearts of those who take education for granted. Malala Yousafzai is a hero to girls all over. An idol. A bringer of peace and hope. A future for girls and boys having an equal education. Throughout this paper you will see a chronological account of Malala’s life, the problems and struggles she faced, and the accomplishment and contributions she has earned and given.
A Chronological Background Biography of Malala’s Life
Born into a country where girls don’t get an education, Mingora, Pakistan, in the country’s Swat Valley, Malala got to enjoy a scenic area. Swat Valley is northwest to the capital. She is born to a Pashtun (Afghan and/or Pakistani) family. She is named after a heroic woman in a folk tale who aided the Pakistani and Afghan people conquer the British people in 1880. July 12th, 1997 was the marvelous day, this great hero was born. Now though, she is studying in 9th grade and she is sixteen. Her father’s name is Ziauddin Yousafzai. In February of 2013 she was the youngest person ever to be nominated for a peace prize! She made a speech at the United Nations to mark her birthday. She has a dangerous reputation among the Taliban.
By the time Malala was five, she had started her schooling at a private school for girls that her father had founded. It was called Khushal Public School. Ziauddin Yousafzai’s school was forced to close when the Taliban started threatening it. They closed the school in January of that following year. She says she wants to be a politician, but at the moment, her occupation is something entirely different. Her occupation at the moment is a children’s and women’s rights activist.
Eleven years at the time, Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog for BBC Urdu. She wrote under the pseudo name “Gul Makai”. The blog was started in 2009. Her ten week diary consisted of her views on education and the Taliban’s effect on her life. When a military operation was launched in May of 2009, Malala’s family left. Consequently the diary stopped. This was how her protest began. The New York Times newspaper filed a documentary on her during this time period.
The Problems and Struggles
Malala’s fearlessly spoke her disapproval of the Taliban. This earned her friends and foes. The Taliban had set forth a death threat against her and she learned about it at age fourteen. The day October 9th 2012 started out like any other. Malala went to school and took her finals, but that day left a huge mark in her advocacy for girl’s rights. On the way back, on a school...