NEW YORK CITY: ARAB NEWS
Published — Saturday 13 July 2013
Last update 17 July 2013 10:14 am
Malala Yousafzai marked her 16th birthday with an emotional speech at the UN in which she said education could change the world.
“Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution,” Yousafzai said to cheers from the podium.
Yousafzai told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nearly 1,000 students from around the world attending a Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in New York that education was the only way to improve lives.
“I am not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taleban or any other terrorist group. I’m here to speak up for the right of education for every child,” she said.
Yousafzai presented Ban with a petition signed by some 4 million people in support of 57 million children around the world who are not able to go to school. It demanded that world leaders fund new teachers, schools and books and end child labor, marriage and trafficking.