All teens should read I Am Malala
I recently completed the autobiography I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. I had heard about her when she was shot, but I wanted to read her book for myself. I was literally blown away learning that her father and his school had to fight for the right for girls to be educated in their homeland. Everyone who takes education for granted should read this book and imagine what it would be like to fight for your right to be educated.
The book opens with Malala being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban. Her crime? Speaking out in support of girls being educated. As Malala shares her story, she shares her love for Pakistan and the love for her people, the pashtuns. It is amazing to know that a girl could have seen her country be turned upside down and yet she still has so much love for it.
One of my favorite parts of the book was when she wrote about her father’s love of education. Even though education was mostly discouraged among girls, Malala’s father encouraged her getting educated. His desire to educate his daughter–despite everything, is at the core of the book and is at the core of who Malala is. Malala is a teen girl who had a father who believed everyone should be educated. He opened schools in Pakistan and believed boys AND girls should have an education. He passed his love of education to her and she believed in the power of education.
I Am Malala shares what happens when a father believes in his daughter. I wish more girls had fathers who believed in them and showed it.
The fight for girls to be educated throughout the world rages on. For her part, Malala has created an organization to help girls have more access to education. The facebook page to the organization is here.
Peace & Love,