I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai

created by Aubrey Doyen and Alexander Rohring

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Theme I: Every child deserves to have an education.

In Swat, Pakistan, specifically, where Malala lived, education is not something that comes as easy as in the United States. A lot of children don't have access to education, especially under Taliban rule. Malala was a child who fought for and received an education. In the book she expressed her belief of the importance of education and how girls deserve an education just as much. One part of the book that did a particularly good job of showing this was Chapter 15, when Malala had to leave her school books. It shows exactly how important education is to Malala because when she was forced to leave her town and the majority of her belongings, she wanted to bring her school books. Malala says "I put all my books and notebooks in my school bags, then packed another bag of clothes." This part better shows the importance to her than just saying she doesn't want to lose it, but showing how she reacts to losing it. Education is an vital weapon in the fight against terrorism.

"Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human." -Malala Yousafzai

Theme II: Fighting for what you believe in and what is right is a hard fight but is extremely important for change.

Malala and her father have fought for what they believe is right for a long time. Whether it be the right for education or women's rights. Malala and her father continued to stand up for what is right even when their lives were at stake. Malala continued to go to her father's school who, against the demands of the Taliban, accepted girls into their school. She also chose not to wear the purdah, or veil, that the Taliban wanted all women to wear to hide their faces. When Malala was shot, she fought through a near death experience, and continues today to be a symbol for the fight for education in her Malala Fund, giving education to children around the world without it.

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful" -Malala Yousafzai

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Connection to Current Events

Similar to in I Am Malala, students in the United States are also facing challenges to access education. Often, undocumented immigrants don't have the resources to get an education, which is a basic human right. These limited resources may include, money, scholarships, and help from administrators as students struggling to not only do well in school but also to become citizens.
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