In recent posts there was some discussion about the importance of education, the value of schools and the role of teachers. I thought it timely to re-share this post, first published in July 2015.
Earlier this week I read a post by Kimmie of Stuck In Scared about Ten Things of Thankful. I have also read many other posts about things to be thankful for. These posts prompted me to share something for which I am thankful: schools and education.
I know that I often write about what I consider the shortcomings of traditional schooling and make suggestions of how schools could be improved. However I live in a country that values education and in which every child has a right to a free education. For that I am thankful. Those of us who have access to schools and education are the lucky ones.
This week I have been listening to Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzia with Patricia McCormick (Indigo).
Malala’s is an inspirational story of courage, and how one person can change the world. In this trailer for the movie of her story to be released later this year, she says,
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
(Note: I haven’t seen the movie yet. I’d love to know if any readers have.)
In her speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, Malala says,
“I am just a committed and even stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants to see women having equal rights and who wants peace in every corner of the world.”
The Malala Fund, of which she and her father are co-founders and to which she donated her prize, “empowers girls through quality secondary education to achieve their potential and inspire positive change in their communities.”
She calls world leaders and people everywhere to take action and make education their top priority, for all the children of the world, not just their own children.
This is one of my favourite quotes from the book:
I think one of her most influential teachers must be her father.
Thank you for reading. I’m sure you have found Malala’s story just as inspirational as I have.
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