History's HEROES? Dated 1997 -

Malala Yousafzai

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  • Survived a shooting.
  • Has made people talk about education for all.


  • Brave / Courageous
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Perseverant / Tenacious (keeps going despite challenges)
  • Determined

A 16 year old who stood up to the Taliban

Malala has kept on arguing that girls should be educated despite being attacked by the Taliban

I am writing a biography of Malala Yousafzai because I think she is a hero. That a 16 year old could stand up to the Taliban the way she did is amazing.

Malala was born on the 12th July 1997. Her parents are called Tor Pekai (her mother) and Zicuddin (her father). She is very passionate about educational rights and school. Her bravery was first shown when the BBC asked for an undercover blogger to write about life with the Taliban. She was the youngest volunteer. Then, on the 16th January 2009, the Taliban banned girls from being educated. Malala continued to secretly blog for the BBC but suddenly she stopped. The BBC decided to visit Malala for an interview. Both Malala and the BBC knew that this was risky as the Taliban would then know who she was.

On the afternoon on Tuesday 9th October, Malala was on her school bus returning home when a Taliban gunman boarded the school bus and called for Malala by her full name. Malala replied by saying, "I am Malala Yousafzai." Then the gunman pulled out a Cold 45, pointed it at her and fired three shots. One of the shots hit Malala. She wasn't the only one injured; two others were injured but not as critically as Malala. After medical treatment, Malala survived.

Malala is still protesting for children all over the world to be educated. Malala's work will introduce a world law that all children, male or female, should attend school. This law is being introduced in 2015.

Life in Malala Yousafzai's world

Malala lives in a very traditional part of Pakistan.

Was Malala Yousafzai a Hero?

  • She kept on fighting for girls to be educated even when it put her life in danger.

Things you might not know about Malala Yousafzai

Malala wrote a blog about life under the Taliban for the BBC.
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