4 December 2014: Malala Yousafzai, who receives the Nobel Peace Prize on 10 December, has chosen to exhibit the school uniform she was wearing when shot by the Taliban for fighting for her right to an education.
The uniform is on display at the Nobel Peace Center in Norway.
Malala became a global champion of education for girls and boys after being shot by the Taliban in October 2012, and she is a supporter of Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign for quality education for girls.
Fight for girls’ education
Speaking about her decision to show the uniform at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition - Malala and Kailash, Malala said: “My school uniform is very important to me because when I was going to school I would wear it. The day I was attacked I was wearing this uniform. I was fighting for my right to go to school, I was fighting for my right to get education.”
Malala added: “This is my right, it is the right of every child, to go to school. This should not be neglected.”
Malala’s story has helped highlight the difficulties that the many ‘other Malalas’ face when it comes to receiving an education, and she has proved an inspiration to the youth Plan supports worldwide.
Globally, it is estimated that 62 million* girls are out of school, with 1 in 5* adolescent girls around the world denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, discrimination and violence.
*UNESCO - UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics estimation