How do you feel about education? Most of us grew up being educated and some of us might still currently be educating ourselves. We first started learning that it was important when we were younger. And, I don’t know about you, but I grew up disliking school more than liking it. I dreaded going to school most of the time. I had to get up early, sit in a cold class room all day listening to boring teachers and, when I got home, I had to do homework. Lunch was my favorite class and I was incredibly fond of the days that I had early dismissal. Weekend was the best because I didn’t have to go to school. I never considered school to be a luxury or a right. It is.
Malala Yousafzai was 14 years old when she was brutally shot by the Taliban. She was shot because she was advocating for the education of girls in her country. That wasn’t the first time she spoke up, but she went unheard and ignored the first time. Can you believe how heart-wrenching her story is? And, as heart-wrenching as it is, it often goes unnoticed and is swept under the rug. Most people would feel completely and totally helpless in a situation like this. What can I do? How can I help? What could I do to make a difference? How could I help bring awareness to this?
One way you can help is by signing the petition, and you can do so here by sign the petition! Tell Pakistan that everyone has the right to an education. Tell them that they should agree on a plan to deliver education to all its children.
November 10th is now being known as Malala Day and it has brought about the #IamMalala campaign. Please sign the petition. On November 10th, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown — the UN Special Envoy for Global Education — and his wife, Sarah, will deliver this petition to the Pakistani president.
If we work together, we can help make education available to children all around the world. Children like Malala, who was only trying to stand up for her and other childrens’ rights to an education. That is not wrong. She was not wrong.
Malala is still recovering. It is said that, while she has had a somewhat smooth recovery thus far, there could be lingering or long lasting complications as a result of her injury. They won’t know more until more time passes but it is important that we keep her in our thoughts, hope for a speedy recovery for her and that we speak with her. Education is not a privilege. It is a right.
In addition to signing the petition, on November 10th, please post “#IamMalala” on your Facebook and Twitter to help show your support.