Yesterday was Malala Day, a day the world community raises voices in honor of Malala Yousafzai and the global effort to have all children, especially girls, attend school.
Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban at the age of 15 for being an activist for girls education. She wrote a blog advocating for education for girls, who were often banned from school by the Taliban. After being shot on a bus, she was flown from Pakistan to England, where she recovered. Last year, she spoke before the United Nations and continued her efforts this year on Malala Day – her 17th birthday – by advocating for the return of Nigerian girls kidnapped from their school in April.
This year, Yousafzai devoted Malala Day to the worldwide “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign, which NYSUT has supported and promoted. The Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful.”
Speak out for girls education through Twitter or Facebook at the Partner with Malala Day by going to and by sharing Tweets, Facebook messages, photos or videos using the hashtag #StrongerThan. You can find images to share on social media and see more at the Malala Day site.
Educators can find a social justice lesson plan on Yousafzai at www.sharemylesson.org, an online site created by the American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates.