One Child, One Voice

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, 18, poses for a picture during her visit to Azraq refugee camp, Jordan, Monday, July 13, 2015. Rich countries should spend less on weapons in the Syria conflict and more on education, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said Monday, calling world leaders "quite stingy" as she visited the camp for Syrian war refugees. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

“I had a choice–remain silent and be killed, or be killed for speaking up!” Malala Yousafzai¬†told an audience of thousands of people at the Bellco Theater on Wednesday, June 24. She lives a life fighting for education and equality for boys and girls worldwide.

Malala’s father ran a local school in Pakistan throughout her young life. Her entire family held education at a high priority, and Malala was raised to have an opinion and speak freely, unlike so many other girls.

The Taliban Shot Malala in October 2012, when they thought the shot would silence and weaken her, but it only made her voice stronger and louder. Malala wants people to know that in most other countries to this day, females are treated unfairly. Girls don’t have the right to go to school and get a quality education. This isn’t right, and that’s what Malala is fighting for.

At the event, Malala tried to make us understand how lucky Americans are to be able to go to school freely and safely. Trust me, there are children around the world, in countries such as Pakistan and India, who would do ANYTHING to go to school. As 9NEWS reporter, Cheryl Preheim conducted the interview, Malala expressed her visions of a perfect world. A world where every girl and boy is free to go to school, where people would focus more on education, and where guns were not allowed.

I thought that Malala’s powerful story was truly inspirational. Hearing what she had to say made me realize that I am ridiculously lucky. I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep on, warmth on cold days, and the freedom to go to school and get an extraordinary education. If you want to be further inspired by Malala, look for her current book, “I am Malala,” and a movie coming soon!