"He Named Me Malala": An Ordinary Girl with Extraordinary Courage
Our team at Library For All is inspired by the courageous leaders and passionate changemakers who make a difference in education across the globe. Below is our review of the documentary, "He Named Me Malala," highlighting the journey of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai.
As students, we often dreaded going to school but Malala Yousafzai risked her life for it. The film, “He Named Me Malala” showcases Malala’s journey as a little girl with a burning desire to learn, to becoming the education leader of the world.
As a young girl who was shot in the head for speaking against the Talibans, who forbid girls from attending school, Malala was not expected to live. After undergoing several months of treatment in England, Malala miraculously survived and emerged even stronger than before. With a close revelation of her birth (and re-birth), Malala’s bravery and passion is nothing less than inspiring.
While the left side of her face is still paralyzed and she cannot hear from one ear, Malala travels to various cities to advocate education, all while maintaining her grades at her new school in England. At the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015, Malala urged world leaders to place emphasis on providing every child across the globe with quality education.
“Education is not a privilege. Education is a right. Education is peace.”
In the film, Malala acknowledges that if not for her love for education and the support from her parents, she would have been the mother of two kids at 17. Instead, she became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. This imperative moment in her story puts the importance of a quality education into perspective. It opens our eyes to the millions of other girls who are being deprived of an education and the opportunity to live their dreams.
With her teenage celebrity crushes and fights with her younger brothers, Malala is just another 18-year old but with big dreams and a sense of purpose. Let’s stand up in the fight to promote quality education and empower our future generations and give them their purpose.