Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Read-A-Thon Inspired by Malala

Girls Read for Girls
(Inspired by Malala)

Malala Yousafzai is a student from the town of Mingora, Pakistan.  She is a brave activist working for the rights of girls to attend school.  Her activism includes writing a blog that was produced by the BBC when she was only 11 years old.  In diary entries she wrote by hand and passed to reporters, Malala describes what it’s like to live in an environment defined by violence and talks passionately about how much she wants to go to school and learn.  

On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot and seriously injured by Taliban gunmen while returning home from school.  She was specifically targeted because of her values and courage.  

We go to a great school.  We feel confident, safe and respected.  Every day we learn from parents, teachers and other adults who push us to think broadly about the world and ask big, hard questions.   We are encouraged to read what we want, plan our futures and pursue our interests.  We know that we will have real opportunities to keep learning and to participate fully in our society. 

We believe this is how the world should be for all girls everywhere.

We are inspired by Malala and want to show our support for her, her family and all the people who show tremendous courage in the fight for girls’ education.

On November 3, we'll be participating in a Read-a-Thon to support Developments in Literacy, an organization that supports girls’ education in Pakistan.  

To learn more about Malala – please see the following links:

Malala's blog

New York Times documentary

New York Times story

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