Not having blogged regularly over the last semester, there were many things I missed recording. One topic of particular interest is about Malala Yousafzai and a current event assignment tama 1 researched.
Around the 20th of November we received an email advising us that Pakistan had voted for the first time for compulsory free education. Three million boys and girls will now receive cash stipends to help them go to school. All political parties are now discussing doubling education expenditure from 2% to 4% of national income and aim for 3 million signatures by the end of January 2013.Malala Yousafzai is a 15 year old girl from Mingora, Pakistan. She has been fighting for the education of girls in her country. In 2009, she began writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, “Gul Makai,” (corn flower) describing her life under the Taliban and expressing her thoughts about the importance of educating young girls. In 2010, the New York Times filmed a documentary about her and she became more vocal about her position. Desmond Tutu nominated her for the International Children’s Peace Prize and she even won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.The Taliban retaliated by shooting her in the head on the 9th of October 2012. ... and claimed to have targeted Malala because of her "pioneering role" in calling for girls' education, and because of her general criticism of the Taliban. Miraculously she is alive, and is being cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.I chose this ... because when I heard about her being shot and what her cause was all about, it made me stop and think how incredibly fortunate we are in our western countries. I cannot imagine my sisters not being allowed to attend school. It just seems hard to believe that in this day and age, around the globe, 32 million girls are denied daily their right to go to a classroom and learn. ...[B]y the time I send this through the 10th of November will have come and gone. What is the significance of the 10th of November? Well, it was designated “Malala Day.” On this day, the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, travelled to Pakistan to deliver a million-plus petition to make education a reality for all Pakistani children. ...
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