Imagine riding home from school with your friends and a strange man jumps onto the bus, asks for you by name and shoots. Imagine surviving and then becoming a lightning rod for girl’s freedom of education – around the world. Imagine doing all this before you were 15. Such is the story of Malala.
This year Malala has joined the children of Nigeria to support their freedom from tyranny, violence and to support education. Today the world is focusing attention on this global issue – and I wanted you to have the opportunity to be a part of it: Malala Day.
Malala Day celebrates the birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot for bravely defying the Taliban and attending school. This year, she has traveled to Nigeria to see the plight of girls, like her, in great danger for simply going to school.
Malala wants to use Malala Day this year to ask everyone to raise their voices to say: we are #strongerthan those who use fear, intimidation and violence to stand in the way of every girl and boy’s basic right to an education.
You can be involved in making Malala Day a massive global conversation for education. Add your name to this statement from Malala and her friends in Nigeria and ask your friends to join you: www.change.org/StrongerThan
Together, toady we can show we are #strongerthan fear, oppression and violence. Stand with Malala by taking one of the steps above.
Elaine Masters and the Blog Action Day Team