Community & Government

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Malala Yousafzai

Lesson time 07:22 min

Meet Malala, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and girls’ education activist from Pakistan who has been fighting for children’s rights for more than a decade.

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Topics include: Malala Teaches Creating Change


[MUSIC PLAYING] - Malala Yousafzai, I call upon you to come forward and give your Nobel lecture. - Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you so much. This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. I'm here to stand up for their rights, to raise their voice. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action. So it becomes the last time, the last time, that we see a child deprived of education. An advocate is someone who sees an injustice and doesn't ignore it, but wants to take action. Anyone can be an advocate. It doesn't matter how old you are. I have had a very long experience in advocacy. And I have learned a lot from it. I believe you can become a changemaker and an activist right now. We are here to raise our voice. We are here to speak. All you need to do is believe in yourself, find your values, set a message, and then get into action. This MasterClass is for anyone who wants to see change, whether small or big, but who wants to create a better, fairer world for everyone. Any person can become a changemaker in the world. I was born in a valley in the north of Pakistan called the Swat Valley. Girls were already facing difficulties in my community because of cultural norms. But then when Talibanization started, it took us centuries back because a girl's right to education was denied. And for me, it was a question about my future, my rights, my place in society. That is when I started my activism at age 10. And I realized that there was a bigger mission and purpose to fight for. And some journalists were reaching out to ask for a volunteer, a student, who could share her daily blog. And I decided to talk to the BBC journalist every evening. Saturday, 3rd of January-- "I am afraid. I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast, and I went off to school. I was afraid because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools. Only 11 students attended the class out of 27. The number decreased because of Taliban's edict. On my way from school to home, I heard a man saying, I will kill you. I hastened my pace. And after a while, I looked back if the man was still coming behind me. But to my utter relief, he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone." So when people started reading it, they all of a sudden started thinking about how this terrorism and extremism is impacting the life of girls. I was receiving attention locally, nationally, internationally. And my father and my mother were a bit worried about my safety, as all parents would. But it just did not occur to me for a second that the Taliban would tar...

About the Instructor

When she first took a stand, Malala simply acted on her belief that all Pakistani girls like her had a right to education. Now the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history teaches you how to fight injustice in the world and in your everyday life, starting with your own community. Learn Malala’s framework for influencing change: Research issues, build a strategy, take action, and create an impact right where you are.

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Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Prize–winning activist Malala teaches you how to be an activist in your own community, from research and strategy to action and impact.

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