14 July 2014 - At this moment there are 58 million children without access to education and millions more who aren’t learning in school. Working together, that number can be lowered by 2015, the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.
Malala Yousafzai, a young courageous advocate for universal education and girls’ rights was targeted for her brave activism and attacked by the Taliban who boarded her school bus and shot her and two other girls in October of 2012. Malala Day, observed this year on 14 July 2014, is not just a day to celebrate Malala, but a day for all children everywhere to raise their voices and be heard.
It is a day to stand up for education and say to the world that we, together, are stronger than the enemies of education and stronger than the forces that threaten girls, boys and women from leading happy and productive lives.
Last year, July 12, 2013 was Malala’s 16th birthday. To celebrate Malala Day, the global community came together to highlight the leading role that youth can play in enabling all children to get an education. Malala marked the day by giving her first public speech since the shooting dedicated to the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, international youth leaders convened at the United Nations and in cities around the world in support of reaching the goal of having all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.
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Malala's website: http://www.malala.org/
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