I just finished “I am Malala” and was completely blown away by the story. The story begins with the day Malala was shot by the Taliban. She then begins to narrate the history of Pakistan and her story of standing up for girl’s education.

As someone who grew up going to school freely and have attended a number of post-secondary programs, it’s hard for me to understand that someone could be shot just for wanting to learn. Her desire seems to basic to someone like me that had easy access to education my entire life. It is hard to imagine that there are over 57 million children who do not attend primary school and as she tells in the story over half of them are girls. I also started reading this book shortly after over 200 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria from their school, echoing that even years after Malala was shot, girls’ education is not a right around the world. It is terrifying to me that people could be injured, attacked or killed for wanting something as ‘simple’ as an education. It makes me grateful for the opportunities I have had in my life and makes me appreciate my education just that much more.

The story is beautifully told, it is a remarkable story about a truly remarkable girl. This book I believe is just the begin of her story. Although this book deals with very heavy subjects and I had tears in my eyes on more than one occassion it’s an excellent book and I recommend everyone learn more about the girl “who fought for girls’ education”.

 

4 Comments on powerful read: i am malala

  1. I was just watching the news today about those 200 girls. Absolutely horrible. It really is hard to imagine that, like you said, education for girls isn’t a “right” in many places. I just posted a list of books I want to read, so I will have to make sure to add this to my list. Thanks for sharing! -Patty

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