Malala Day

In October 2012, when Malala Yousafzai was aged just 15, Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus and shot her in the head. She was already famous in Pakistan: she had been blogging about education for girls since 2009. As she sat recuperating in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, she became internationally famous. Well-wishers across the world remarked on her courage.

Now she is the UN’s youngest ambassador for peace, studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. On July 12 this year, she will celebrate her 21st birthday. It is a chance to highlight the role young people can play in society: in this case giving everyone, particularly girls, an education.

Globally in 2013, around 31 million girls of primary school age and 32 million of secondary school age were not in education. In many parts of the world, families who wish to educate their daughters face suspicion or violence.

Malala Day is organised by the UN Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education.

Our archives include several articles about Malala: her shooting; her calls for education for all and peace talks with the Taliban; and becoming the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Download a free Malala Day assembly presentation from TES.


  1. Who do you think should win the Nobel Peace Prize this year? Take it in turns to nominate important people, and then vote as a class.
  2. Read Malala’s blog posts about her education in Pakistan here. Then write a short blog post about your own education
  3. Watch Malala’s speech at the UN Youth Assembly in 2013. Then write your own short speech on a topic that you care about.