Girl Now: Malala Day

“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”  -Malala Yousafzai

Too often we find ourselves complaining about the pressures and stresses of school, but as Malala Day is tomorrow, it is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the power that education has on our daily lives. Receiving an education creates a future for ourselves, but also a reason to live, enjoying each day as it comes. Malala day is tomorrow, and as a result, it is the time that we should look at the things that education does for us and be thankful for it. 

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Malala Yousafzai, from her childhood, has been fighting for girls and women’s rights to education. She has been fighting for many years to make each day the best that it can be for females worldwide. By fighting for education, Malala is fighting for a future in which girls can be the best versions of themselves and live, enjoying each day as it comes. 

Education for girls in countries like Australia means something extremely different to those in countries where education isn’t easily accessible. For us, receiving an education means piles of homework, years of going to studying and spending nights stressed about assessment and exams. However, it also means that we are able to complete simple tasks such as reading, writing and math and that we can easily grasp concepts that we see daily. Education for girls in countries like Sierra Leone and Pakistan means a lower mortality rate, higher child nutrition, an increased chance of paid work in the future as well as being able to read and understand the common language (for more information, click here)

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School and education provides a way for girls to enjoy living their lives, from day to day, but also well into the future. Tomorrow, on Malala day, take a minute to think about all the opportunities that education has offered you that makes living each day great. Try not to dwell on the harder things, or the things that you might not yet understand, but more so the ways that school can make you happy. Being with friends, meeting new people, talking about something you’re interested in or passionate about- these are the moments that make the ‘now’ all the more spectacular.

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Education for me means many things. It means that I am given the opportunity to improve and understand more about things I’m interested in. I also find that learning comes in many shapes and forms, whether it be at school, training for sports, travelling or letting the actions of others inform me, there is always something to be learned (or taught).

Remember to take a minute tomorrow to be thankful for the opportunities we receive to get an education, because, as Malala has said, our books and our pens, they are our most powerful weapons.

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