Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)

Malala Yousafzai is only an 18-year-old girl; however, she has already made great influence regarding education in less developed countries. Pakistan Malala grew up in a family in Pakistan. Malala’s father is an educator, therefore Malala appreciates the importance of knowledge and education since her childhood.


Extremist terrorist organization Taliban occupied the northern part of Pakistan where Malala and her family lived. The Taliban prohibited women to go to school and receive the right to education. In 2009, the Taliban banned and blew up more than 100 schools. Malala as a BBC blog author, recorded the general civilian live and oppression living under the brutal regime. She accepted different types of visits and speeches criticizing the Taliban’s behavior such as prohibiting women’s right to education, in which the Taliban should receive condemnation.


In 2012, 14-year-old Malala was assassinated by the Taliban militants. Fortunately, Malala received 3 months of treatment and survived. Her story attracted attention from celebrities and the international society. Her persistence finally made the Pakistani government passed the Education Act, the act states that all children regardless male or female should have the right to education.


After passing the Act in Pakistan. Malala did not give up the fight for women’s equality in education. She set up The Malala Fund, the purpose is for girls, especially girls living in poor areas provide a safe and quality learning environment and 12 years of education. In addition, the Foundation will also provide funds to regional organization in order to provide qualified secondary education for girls by the organization. In addition, the Foundation also provides alternative learning programs for girls, the girls can learn a craft and have the ability to make a living.


Written by Angela Tam