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Malala Yousafzai’s Birthday

July 1st 2021| Michael Mountford

Malala Yousafzai’s Birthday

When Malala was growing up in Swat Valley in Pakistan she was prevented from going to school by supporters of the Taliban. Malala was a student at the school run by her father and believed that she – and all other girls – had a right to education. She spoke out about the issue – even though it was dangerous to do so.

Then, when she was 15, Malala was shot. She was very seriously injured and nearly died. She was flown to the UK for emergency treatment and after many weeks she was finally able to leave the hospital.

It was too dangerous for Malala to return to Pakistan so she continued her education in the UK. Alongside this, she continued her campaign for education rights and in 2014 – aged just 17 – Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2020 she graduated from Oxford University.

During my research for this topic, I came across an extensive list of amazing books that could be used to introduce Malala into the lesson and hopefully inspire younger people to take action in their lives towards the change that they want to see.

I implore you to take a look for yourself, the link for the blog is here.

Below I have handpicked some of the books from this blog, which I think are a very good starting point:

“She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban’s rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.”

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it for good; to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house. (And to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

Puffin Schools have also created a brilliant little KS2 teaching pack based on this book which is free to download here.

When Malala Yousafzai was born, some people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything. In Pakistan, some believed girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country.

He Named Me Malala Trailer

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Resources

We here at Teacher’s Pet already have a range of amazing resources all to do with teaching about Malala in your classroom. Click here to see all of our brand new Malala Yousafzai Resources created in conjunction with our Women’s History Month Resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

Malala Yousafzai Information Text and Comprehension
Malala Yousafzai Fact Cards
Malala Yousafzai Missing Word Comprehension
Malala Yousafzai Quotes

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some help for teaching about Malala Yousafzai.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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