LONDON – the Mission is accomplished.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot dead by the Taliban for daring to ask for an education, and graduated from Oxford University eight years later, she almost died.
2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is now 22, posted images on Twitter of his celebration on Friday at the start after completing a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.
The human rights activist is covered in confetti in one image, and surrounded by his family in another.
“Difficult to express my gratitude and joy now that I have finished my Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford,” she tweeted. “I don’t know what’s coming. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleeping. “
The stage was hard won for the youngest winner of the Peace Prize, awarded when she was 17 years old.
Malala was targeted by the Taliban for her relentless objections to the regressive group interpreting Islam which limits girls’ access to education. She was hit in the head while driving a bus home after school in Pakistan, in the scenic Swat Valley, in 2012.
She was taken to the English city of Birmingham for medical treatment and her family eventually joined her. She went to school in Britain as soon as she could, but kept the campaign for the right to education for others. In August 2017, she was accepted as a student at one of Oxford colleges, Lady Margaret Hall.
Malala Twitter was inundated with expressions of goodwill over her achievement, including that of NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who studied in England.
“Congratulations on graduating @Malala! ” McClain tweeted. “However, higher education is the beginning of great things. For you, great things have come before and I can only imagine the same more to follow. The world is lucky to have you on it. “
Earlier, in June, when she posted (with panic emoticons) that she had more than four full reviews, which she linked to a YouTube video, # DearClassof2020, to which she was added with the platform of congratulations.
“We are honored to share your words and celebrate you as a member of the powerful Class of 2020. # DearClassof2020,” t’s YouTube accountweeted June 7.
For many people, Yousafzai is an icon for girls ‘education and empowerment, who has overcome life-threatening injuries, has written best-selling books, and has created a British foundation who defends girls’ rights to life. education – a cause shared by ex-first lady Michelle Obama, among others.
But in his homeland, Pakistan, many despise Yousafzai as the alleged tool of an international campaign to manhandle Pakistan.
Two celebrations and protests erupted in April 2018 during her first home visit since she was targeted by the Taliban.
In eastern Lahore, many private schools observed “I’m not Malala Day” to condemn his visit. Videos of teachers and children chanting Yousafzai slogans in their classrooms widely shared on social media.
But her many admirers in Pakistan said she is glorified for her bravery.
“Malala is my hero,” says Arooj Nadeem, a 10th year at Maison Lighthouse, a private school in the city of Lahore. “Young girls like me have a lot to learn from her bravery and breaking with the age of old customs.”
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