Brevity of local schoolgirls inspires Malala

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NAIROBI – On her first trip to Africa, education activist and Malala Fund co-founder, Malala Yousafzai, expressed solidarity with local girls that had overcome obstacles to attain education.

These include discrimination, poverty, child labour and early marriage.

The 16-year-old said the moving stories the girls shared with her would strengthen her work as an education advocate.

She visited Kenya on behalf of the Malala Fund, a foundation that empowers girls through education.

“I came to Africa to raise awareness about the 58 million children not in primary school who face numerous barriers to education,” Yousafzai said.

“I was particularly inspired to meet young girls in Kenya who are so passionate about getting an education, building their future and the future of their country.”

Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children, a global organization of children engaged in service and development programmes, hosted Yousafzai.

Free The Children’s young supporters have raised funds to build more than 650 schools and schoolrooms throughout the developing world, while the organization works to topple the barriers to education.

On her visit, Yousafzai took part in an event to help build Free The Children’s Oleleshwa All-Girls’ Secondary School, in rural South Narok, where the majority of girls do not attend high school.

The Malala Fund also financially contributed to the building of Oleleshwa All-Girls’ Secondary School, its first gift to Africa, because of Free The Children’s sustainable approach to education and because of a common bond with young people from the United States,United Kingdom and Canada who support Free The Children.

Her father, who is the Malala Fund’s chairman, along with its CEO, Shiza Shahid, who called on other school children to stand up for the rights of their peers, accompanied her.

“We feel honoured to have laid the foundation of the first school that the Malala Fund is building in Africa with Free the Children,” said Shahid.

“This is the beginning of a deep commitment to Africa, and a testament to our belief that educating the children of the world holds the key to spurring progress and countering violence.”

– CAJ News




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