Malala Yousafzai received the 2014 World’s Children’s Prize for her courageous and dangerous fight for girls’ right to education. She started to speak out for girls’ rights at the age of 11, when the Taliban banned girls from going to school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan.
Malala defied the rules and kept going to school. Her life was under threat and at times she had to go into hiding. Finally, at the age of 15 Malala was shot and almost killed by the Taliban on her way home from school. But Malala survived.
The Taliban thought they could silence Malala by killing her. Instead they gave her an even stronger voice, which can now be heard all over the world. Malala is determined to continue her struggle for every child’s right to an education. She believes that education is the future, and that one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. She has her own fund, the Malala Fund, which was created to help girls get to school.
Malala has become a role model for many children all over the world. Mariam, 12, from Pakistan says:
“Malala is so good. She fights against the Taliban in our area. She is a role model for us. Everyone knows what she thinks and who she is fighting against.”