Education First: Malala's Story

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Sunshine English Course 3 (Heisei 28) pg. 85-88

Education First: Malala's Story
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This is a story about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl. She gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, July 12, 2013. She spoke for the right of education for every child. The U.N. called the day Malala Day.
About nine months before that, on October 9, she was shot by a gunman on a school bus. She was returning home from school. At once, she was taken to a hospital in Peshawar, and soon after to another hospital in the U.K.

In 2009, the BBC wanted to report how ordinary people lived in the Swat Valley. So it looked for someone who could write about life there. Nobody but Malala agreed. She was brave enough to write about it.
Her diary appeared on the BBC website under the name of Gul Makai. Life in her town was miserable then. People were not allowed to enjoy themselves. For example, they could not watch TV or listen to music. In addition, girls could not go to school freely.

At first, Malala had a dream to become a doctor. Most of her classmates wanted to be doctors. In her society, girls could not choose jobs freely. When they wanted to work, they had only a few choices to make.
She now wants to become a politician in order to have some influence on her country. "I want to change the future of my country, and I want to make education compulsory," she said in an interview with the BBC.

On Malala Day, there were many people at the U.N. All the people listening to her speech were deeply moved by her words.
Malala said, "The pen is mightier than the sword," because she believed in the power of education. She finished her speech by saying, "Let us pick up our books and pens. They are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first."

Official translation (Heisei 28)

Taken from the Sunshine's teachers manual.





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