Malala Day for girls' right to education commemorated globally
The UN and other organizations, in honour of Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot at by the Taliban, observed November 10 globally as 'Malala Day'. On the occasion, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described Malala as the 'global symbol' for girls' education worldwide.
IT WAS a month ago that Malala was shot at in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education in Swat Valley in Pakistan. As we know that Malala is recovering in a hospital in the UK from gunshot wounds.
The UN Envoy for Global Education and former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown said that the day rightfully commemorated girls' right to school and education. Brown delivered a petition in support of the Malala and children's universal right to education to Pakistan government.
On the occasion of first Malala Day, Ban Ki-moon said on the UN website, "Malala Yousafzai is a global symbol of every girl's right to education". "I am adding my voice to the messages from over one million people across the globe. Education is a fundamental human right. It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship," Ban added.
Ban urged the world community to support the UN campaign for girls' right to education. On the occasion of Malala Day, people from across the world signed a global petition for Nobel Peace Prize to Malala.