This year’s nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize have reminded us about the story of 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken advocate for the importance of education for everyone, especially girls and women.
Malala, now famous internationally, has almost died fighting for the right to an education. In October 2012, members of the Pakistani Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her in the head. She made a miraculous recovery — even studying in her hospital bed weeks after the attack — and continues to fight for equal education for children worldwide.
But Malala is only one of millions of children who have been denied the right to an education. In many countries around the world, an education beyond grade-school level is something that is reserved only for children of wealthy families, often boys.
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