Malala 'inspired children worldwide for better education', say key UN campaign figures

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 04:50 hrs

The courage of teenage Pakistani women education activist Malala Yousafzai has inspired children around the world to fight for a better education, key figures in a UN campaign have said.

UN special education envoy and former British prime minister Gordon Brown, while hosting a discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, paid tribute to 15-year-old Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan last year.

According to the Dawn, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is involved in UN education efforts, said Malala's example showed the need for the international community to help "vulnerable states."

He said that her story has affected everyone all over the world, and that's why this ownership (of the issue) is so important.

According to the report, Thorning-Schmidt said all countries should take the responsibility for providing a good basic education where possible, but where failed states were unable to, then the world must help instead.

Malala was shot on her school bus in northwestern Swat in October by Taliban gunmen for the "crime" of promoting girls' education, but survived the murder attempt.

Malala first rose to prominence aged just 11 with a blog for the BBC Urdu service in 2009 in which she described life in Swat during the bloody rule of the Taliban. (ANI)

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