“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”
Have you ever felt so strongly for something, so profound that you ache with every fiber of your being to make a change? To make a difference in your life and the lives around you? That was the belief for Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from Pakistan who was taught to believe in fairness, kindness, and equality for her people.
Malala, at a very young age was taught by her father to learn more than what her station in life will ever teach her. She saw and experienced injustice living under the tyrannical leadership of the Taliban. But even through constant fear of being captured and punished, Malala triumphed on, believing that girls should and must receive proper education just like their male counterparts. When she was 15 years old, Malala was singled out by the Taliban and shot for advocating education for girls. She survived and the incident only pushed her to work harder, to confirm her belief that what she was fighting for was worth the pain, the hardship, and the dangers.
I was given a copy of the pre-released DVD, He Named Me Malala, from the Director of Waiting for “Superman” and Academy Award Winner An Inconvenient Truth for my honest review. The documentary told the story of Malala starting as a young child learning through the guidance of her father that education for everyone, not just women, is the way to a better life. Through clever animation and real life footage, we got to experience through Malala and her father’s eyes the fear that they faced, the cruelty of trying to live a normal life as a woman in Pakistan, and to teach other girls that they can be more than who they are. I was deeply touched from watching the movie, never truly understanding the hardships these women faced because of their gender and where they lived. It’s a beautiful and poignant movie and will touch people of any age and gender. Don’t be afraid of showing your children this movie as it might teach them about equality and the heavy price of believing something more than what your environment teaches you.
As you watch the documentary, listening to the hauntingly beautiful music, and the creative journalistic story, I hope we can all learn that courage comes through in the darkest nights, that light shines brighter than the sinister enemies that may prevent us from being better. As Malala stated in her UN speech, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”
In 2014, Malala was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On Monday, February 29, He Named Me Malala will premiere on the National Geographic Channel at 8pm/ET/PT in the US and globally in 171 Countries and 45 languages. Please set your clock so that you and your family can watch this moving, heartwrenching, and inspiring movie and hopefully understand that young girls around the world need to go to school, to get proper education, and to be free of oppression.
As a side note, the Taliban did not believe in proper education for women. According to Malala, she believed that the Taliban was afraid that educating women would lead to change. And change for a tyrant leads to freedom of oppression.
Please visit the Malala Fund: https://www.malala.org/ for donations, purpose, and general information about how to help women of all ages around the world have proper education and the right to be educated.
For more info about Malala and this documentary please check out the following websites:
Movie clip: https://www.youtube.com/embed/3ghiYve6k68
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