Remember Malala? Last year she was shot in the head and neck as Taliban gunmen attempted to assassinate her for speaking out publicly and forcefully about the importance of educating young girls in Pakistan.
Malala Yousafzai has since recovered from her injuries and will be in New York City for her 16th birthday on July 12th to lead a gathering of young adults from more than 80 countries for a special United Nations Youth Assembly to support the Global Education First Initiative. She will make her first public speech since she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan last October.
The Global Education First Initiative‘s three priorities are to put every child in school, improve the quality of education with better qualified teachers and improved materials, and foster global citizenship by changing current curricula that reinforce stereotypes, exacerbate social divisions, and foster fear and resentment of other groups or nationalities.
If you want to support Malala and the need for education across the world, sign the Stand with Malala petition. It will be delivered to the UN Secretary-General demanding urgent action to ensure access to education for all children by 2015, including 57 million children around the world who are currently not attending school.