Malala Yousafzai, on her 18th birthday on Sunday was not partying her way into adulthood, it seems. An inspirational figure, who won the Nobel Prize for Peace last year, was at the Syrian border campaigning for girls’ rights and opened a school for 200 girls in armed conflicts’ affected areas for educating and training them.
The Malala Yousafzai All Girls School will provide education and skills training to girls between 14-18 years of age. “On this day, I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world: you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy — the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades,” Malala was quoted saying as per a statement received in London.
“Syrian children are suffering the most, being refugees for more than four years, deprived of education,” Malala told BBC News.
Malala who was shot by militants in her native place for campaigning for girls’ rights and girls’ education has never failed to boldly voice her concerns for the children, especially girls and determinedly fought her battles against resource deprivation for the children. Bullet shots have not seemed to dither her spirit at all as she spoke to and met with the Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at his home in Beirut and Noura Jumblatt, head of the Kayany Foundation who invited Malala to visit.