“I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child.”
“Let us pick up our books and pens. They are the most powerful weapons.”
“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”
— Malala Yousafzai : UN Birthday Address
Thought of the day :
Once a lone voice in the wilderness, Malala is heard today giving her Birthday Address at the UN to over 500 youth delegates worldwide. In order to bring changes to the world, we need to empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge. She calls on world leaders to take urgent action to ensure every child has the right to go to school.
Surely not a normal celebration for sweet sixteen?
Her birthday wish? Getting every girl and boy into school by 2015.
Is Malala over-optimistic? The former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, believes it’s achievable. “Malala says it’s possible – and young people all over the world think it’s possible”. “The youths are a ‘new superpower’ in the world”.
Huge cheers for Malala, for she is an inspiration to young people. Pass on her message, help make the world a better place.
Happy Birthday, Malala!