Malala Yousafzai: Life post 2012 Taliban attack

Malala Yousafzai: Life post 2012 Taliban attack


Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai (16) who was targeted by the Taliban because she championed education for girls has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy. Her memoir is "I am Malala." (AP)


George Washington University announced today that faculty members are creating multimedia curriculum tools to accompany a book recently released by the teen,Malala Yousafzai. (Reuters)


Several faculty members will pilot the curriculum early next year for both college and high school instruction. Free of charge,it will focus on themes such as the importance of a woman's voice and political extremism,the university said. (Reuters)


The tools won't just look at the teen's story,but also how the same issues get reflected elsewhere,such as when girls face child marriage and pressures to leave school,said Mary Ellsberg,the director of the university's Global Women's Institute. (Reuters)


"It's going to be really interactive and really encourage students to do ... activities outside of school,it will encourage them to get engaged in the communities and as well to help the Malala Fund directly," Ellsberg said.
Malala Yousafzai poses for pictures with Southbank Centre's Artistic Director Jude Kelly before an event launching her memoir,"I Am Malala",at the Southbank Centre in London. (Reuters)


The university's Global Women's Institute is partnered with the Malala Fund,a nonprofit that seeks to ensure girls around the world have access to education. (Reuters)


Malala Yousafzai had also met Queen Elizabeth II and spoke about the importance of education. The Queen and her husband,Prince Philip,invited 16-year-old Malala to a reception for Commonwealth,youth and education at Buckingham Palace,where they met and chatted for a short time. (Reuters)


The teenager,accompanied by her father Ziauddin,had given the Queen a copy of her book,'I Am Malala',during their meeting,telling her: "It is a great honour for me to be here,and I wanted to present you with this book." Accepting the gift,the 87-year-old Queen replied: "That's very kind of you." (AP)


Malala had told the Queen she was passionate about every child having a right to an education,everywhere around the world,the Guardian reported. (AP)


Malala had also said: "Especially in this country as well. I have heard about many children that can't go to school,and I want to continue our work." (Reuters)

Malala was reduced to laughter by a comment from the 92- year-old duke,who quipped that in this country people wanted children to go to school to get them out of the house. Malala covered her face while in a fit of giggles at his joke. (Reuters)


In 2012 when a Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking Malala and other children home from school in Pakistan's volatile northern Swat Valley and shot Malala in the head and neck. Another girl on the bus was also wounded. (Reuters)


Malala has been based in Britain since she was flown to Birmingham for emergency treatment last year after the Taliban shot her in the head in her native Pakistan because of her efforts to promote girls' education. (AP)