Malala Celebrates Her 18th Birthday By Opening a Girl’s School in Syria

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Malala Yousafzai, the passionate Pakistani education activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace laureate, celebrated her 18th birthday this past Sunday and celebrated it in a way that is dear to her heart: by opening a secondary school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border.

Malala has regularly campaigned for the rights of all young girls to go to school since she herself was a young girl. Because of her activism, she was shot by the Taliban in 2012 while riding a school bus.

While this kind of horrific event might be a deterrent for some, Malala claims that rather than stop her, the assassination attempt only fueled her desire to enlighten the world about the importance of education for girls. On her non-profit foundation blog, Malala wrote this:

“I am honored to mark my 18th birthday with the brave and inspiring girls of Syria. I am here on behalf of the 28 million children who are kept from the classroom because of armed conflict. Their courage and dedication to continue their schooling in difficult conditions inspires people around the world and it is our duty to stand by them,” Malala said. “On this day, I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world — you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy — the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades.”

In her birthday speech, Malala made it clear that her resolve is even stronger, declaring, “Today on my first day as an adult, on behalf of the world’s children, I demand of leaders we must invest in books instead of bullets.

On her Malala Fund blog, the vision for the new Syrian school is shared:

“The new curriculum will enable students to receive their baccalaureate or vocational degrees through the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education or the Syrian equivalent… Students unable to commit to the four-year baccalaureate training will participate in skills courses intended to help them find work and generate their own incomes.”

Malala now lives in England with her family, where she continues to be the face of education for young girls around the world — and for defiance of any system that would deny that.

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