"One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."
Malala Yousafzai has inspired the world with her championing of the right of girls and boys to an education from the Swat Valley in Pakistan to the United Nations.
The October 2012 assassination attempt carried out by the Taliban against Malala, in which her friends Shazia and Kainat were also shot, horrified the world - and galvanised it into action.
Following her recovery, on her 16th Birthday - also known as Malala Day - Malala captivated the world's attention with an inspirational speech at the United Nations. In front of an audience of over 500 young people from over 90 countries, as well as millions worldwide, Malala called for global unity to ensure all girls and boys could to go school. Over 1.4 million people signed the A World at School Petition that was presented to Secretary General Ban Ki Moon along with the Youth Resolution - written by youth, for youth.
Since then, Malala's courage and its effect has been recognised by many awards, including the Tipperary International Peace Prize, the Children's Peace Prize, and being shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize. She also launched the Malala Fund, and published an autobiography, I am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.
"We must not forget that millions of children are out of school."
Join us in supporting Malala's cause and champion education for boys and girls everywhere!
1) Stand with Malala
- Tweet your solidarity with Malala: I stand for #education for all! #iamMalala Join us & take action: www.aworldatschool.org/iammalala
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @aworldatschool
- Share "I Stand with Malala" on Facebook or Twitter - make it your profile picture!
- Show us your best #iamMalala photo of you raising your hand with "I am Malala" on it - post it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and include #iamMalala
2) Join the Movement
- Join the global movement, inspired by Malala, who are calling to get A World at School and learning: add your voice now!
3) Take Action for Syria and Nigeria
"You can fight all these problems through pens and through books. We can find a solution for all these issues that we're facing. It's my dream to see peace in every part of the world in Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan."
- Malala has taken on education issues that are most dire - such as the Syria crisis - where over one million children are now refugees. She Skyped with two refugee girls and joined A World at School and the Youth Education Crisis Committee to support the launch of Education without Borders, the plan to get 400,000 Syrian children refugees in Lebanon into school and learning.
Find out how to help the children of Syria here.
- In Nigeria, schoolchildren have also come under horrific attacks in recent months and young people are rallying to ensure that schools are protected and that no child is at risk for seeking an education. Nearly 1 out of 5 children out of school are in Nigeria - over 10 million children without an education.
Sign our petition to demand action and change in Nigeria.
4) Learn More
- Check out our interactive map of other places around the world where 57 million children aren't in school.