Video: Malala Yousafzai Goes Back to School

The 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl and womens'-education activist walked into a classroom on Tuesday for the first time since being shot in the head by the Taliban

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Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani student and women’s-education activist, returned to the classroom for the first time today since being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban in October. She is starting as a ninth-year student at Edgbaston High School, the oldest independent girls school in Birmingham, England.

(MORE: Interactive Timeline: Malala Yousafzai’s Extraordinary Journey)

In a statement, Malala said:

“I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity. I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham.”

On Oct. 9, 2012, Malala was attacked on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan and had to be flown to a hospital in Britain for special treatment. After undergoing surgery on her skull and receiving cochlear implants, she was discharged in February.

She was a runner-up for TIME’s 2012 Person of the Year issue, in which she was recognized as “the world’s most admired children’s-rights advocate.” The Taliban’s attack did not silence the teen, but rather, made her a symbol for women’s rights. Aryn Baker, TIME’s Middle East Bureau Chief, wrote: “Her primary cause — securing Pakistani girls’ access to education — has served to highlight broader concerns: the health and safety of the developing world’s children, women’s rights and the fight against extremism.”

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18 comments
Advocate21
Advocate21

God speed to you Malala may you find peace and happiness in your new school. You a brave young lady I hope your advocacy for education of woman in Afghanistan will become a successful one. illegitimus non carborundum!

SalmanMemon
SalmanMemon

that's totally fake, fake, fake, only malala came here for plastic surgery of her face.

malala is against of islam, 

she is against of jihad

and every thing about islam

ChrisTom
ChrisTom

Meanwhile, barbarous attack on Malala coincided with a number of other anti-Pakistan developments. In this respect, Afghan President Hamid Karzai allegedly stated on October 18 that the shooting of Malala Yousufzai would convince Islamabad that using extremism as a tool against others was not in its interest. http://wp.me/p1CkXq-1Gl

MaxStone
MaxStone

Great - now go home.... and take a few million of your fellow pakistanis with you please. We're sick and tired of the UK being occupied by muslims - VOTE UKIP.

omer.gillani58
omer.gillani58

It is a good news for every one that you recovered.

Now you got your health back, go home and school and do not mess with Taliban again, if you do next time you would not be able to go nowhere Okay ? US could not cope with Taliban are you ?

ChrisJay
ChrisJay

I personally would leave all the religious stuff behind, free myself, etc.

omer.gillani58
omer.gillani58

Happy to see you recovered and going home top your friends and family.

But keep your mouth shot would you. Taliban means business they take jokes

TapeisGlueandBacking
TapeisGlueandBacking

What's the difference between Islam and the Nazis?  The Nazis' weren't a religious group so they could be openly critiqued.


Imagine wearing a Nazi armband around town, what would people think?  They'd think you are part of a group that is intolerant and should be shunned because SOME Nazis hate others.  Same with the KKK, etc.  But mix in religion, suddenly, being a member of a hate group is beyond question.  


I frankly don't understand how women or even men could be Muslim.  Islam has become too associated with murdering innocent people.  

Normally, when that happens, decent people don't join the group.

ChrisPowell
ChrisPowell

@MaxStone You are sick of these people. Normal people, however, are not. I'd rather have Pakistanis like this brave girl in my country than far-right bigots like you.

chenny01
chenny01

@MaxStone and we are sick of the earth being occupied with hateful racists like yourself. please leave the earth and take all the nasty awful people like your self with you.

ceciliafxx
ceciliafxx

@MaxStone this girl isn't violent or hateful. ALL she wanted was to be educated. Something I was able to have easily.

ceciliafxx
ceciliafxx

@omer.gillani58 all she did was BE herself. That's all you need to "mess" with the Nazi taliban.

She did nothing wrong

IneffAble
IneffAble

@omer.gillani58 She's been shot in the head and speaks better in real time than you are capable of typing out at your own pace. Please go and "shot your mouth" would you, Omer?

chenny01
chenny01

@TapeisGlueandBacking Islam is an extremely peaceful religion which promotes human rights, women rights, equality and peace. Islam ordered women and men to be equal long before the time when baby girls were being buried alive by non-Muslims and the suffragettes were fighting for women rights. If you study Islam from a proper source, only then can you judge it. You have no right to call any religion a Hate group or compare it with the Nazis if you know nothing about it. And only because someone is evil doesnt mean , you have to blame their religion or country or anyone related to them for it. Islam is not associated with murdering innocent people. Some people, who call themselves Muslims are doing that. And besides, what is your comment doing here !? it has nothing to do with Malala ! Shame on you !

ChrisJay
ChrisJay

@TapeisGlueandBacking In fact, many Nazi's were Roman Catholic, including Hitler himself, who was driven by what he considered the will of God... so...

IneffAble
IneffAble

@TapeisGlueandBackingFrankly, I don't understand how anyone could relate your comment to this article about Malala Yousafzai returning to school and interacting with peer-aged people of a different culture.

Do we need to obtain statistics on how many innocent people were murdered in the name of Christianity/Catholicism/ even Buddhism  ?

Keep these types of comments to your local newspaper editorial hate-rant section in whatever small town you live in, please.

reasonandlogic
reasonandlogic

@IneffAble @TapeisGlueandBacking  

The point is that it doesn't matter if it's Muslim, Christian, Buddhist etc...  ALL religions are cults, they are ALL hate groups. I can only hope that humans will continue to evolve to the point where reason and logic takes the place of fantasy and fiction. Religion is for the weak.