Many children have to face risks and challenges in order to be able to go to school. Malala Yousafzai is a passionate advocate for education for all. Read about her life story.

On her 16th birthday, Malala gave a speech at the United Nation’s Youth Assembly. The Youth Assembly brings together young people from all over the world to find real solutions to some of the problems facing the world. In her speech Malala spoke passionately about the importance of education for all children and young people. 

Watch the short film about her speech and why education is so important to her.

She finished her speech by saying:

‘Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.’

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