Malala Day in London

Posted by Kate Evans Education Communications Officer

16th Jul 2013

Burntwood School student Emily Howe, aged 15, reports from the Malala Day events in London.

Friday 12th of July was a historic day. It was the day when youth from around the world took over the UN meeting in New York. This meeting included a very special guest, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban last October just for going to school and campaigning for girls to get the right to education. On this day I was given the opportunity to attend a variety of events at Portcullis House and at the Southbank Centre.

On the morning of Malala Day school children gathered at Portcullis House to find out about the Education for All Campaign. The day started off with a speech from Lord Collins of Highbury. He talked about always striving for success, and about the Millennium Development Goals and whether or not they will be reached. After his speech everyone had to come up with statements about 'Education for All' and what they think should be done about it. These statements were then sent to Millie Wells and Sam Whittingham, the young ambassadors for education, to read at the UN meeting in New York.

Later on in the day at the Southbank Centre loads of people turned up to watch the first public speech that Malala Yousafzai has ever given to people in the UK. Her speech was amazing; Malala stated very clearly that no matter who or what tried to stop her, she would get an education and that she would succeed in life. Once the live stream had finished the people who had organised the event came up and gave speeches.

Jude Kelly the artistic director of the Southbank Centre and organiser of the Women Of the World Festival was the first to speak. The second speaker was Sarah Brown, wife of Gordon Brown and the co- founder of 'A World at School' initiative. Lastly the third person to speak was Kerry Smith who is Head of Advocacy and Campaigns at Plan UK. Afterwards there was a very interesting youth panel discussion held by Jude Kelly, where members of the audience could ask question and get them answered.

Overall I had a fantastic day and I really enjoyed myself. Above all what struck me the most was how much Malala wants an education and what she has had to go through to get one.

Blog post written by Kate Evans

Education Communications Officer

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