Honoring Malala Yousafzai
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“I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I'm afraid of no one." With these words a remarkable young woman, Malala Yousafzai, captured the attention of the world, not only for the admiration she has for education, but for the incredible courage she has shown despite the situation she is in. Demonstrating a maturity beyond her 14 years, Malala has demonstrated to us all the power of education. Now it is up to us to continue advocating for Malala and others like her.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is one of the few organizations that can take action to recognize the bravery and extraordinary commitment of this young woman. We, the members of NAFSA, call on the association to take action to honor Malala Yousafzai in one of several ways:
- Issue a public statement recognizing Malala Yousafzai and condemning the attack on her life;
- Invite her family to the annual NAFSA conference to be honored by the international education community;
- Create an award in the name of Malala Yousafzai to honor young educators in countries doing similar work to promote education against difficult circumstances.