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Malala Day

July 12

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Malala Day


The 12th of July is celebrated as the birthday of the activist and author Malala Yousafzai. Often just known by her first name, Malala was born in Pakistan in 1997. In 2008, the Taliban took over her town and, among many other restrictions, banned girls from going to school. Malala spoke out against this in public; in 2012, she was shot in the head by a gunman who got on her school bus.

She survived the attack and was taken to Birmingham, England, for treatment. Her story was reported around the world. Once she had recovered, she and her family decided to live in the UK. She also decided to use the attention she was receiving to fight for the right of girls to go to school. Her fund, the Malala Fund, works across the world to ensure girls have access to education.

In 2014 she became the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Prize when she was awarded the Peace Prize.

This video is an animation of parts of Malala’s speech at the United Nations in 2014 when she accepted her prize.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Visit the Malala Fund and find out more about what the fund does.
  • Make a list of words that could be used to describe Malala and what she does.
  • Watch this reading of Malala’s Magic Pencil.


July 12
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