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Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakistani teenager whose fight for the right of girls to receive an education has inspired admiration all over the world.

Fredsprisvinner Malala Yousafzau på talerstolen

Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace prize.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014

Malala's won the 2014 Nobel Peace Price. Here is her acceptance speech from Oslo.


Have a look on the map and consider the location of Pakistan and its neighbours. What do you know about Pakistan? Pakistan is a scenic, densely populated country. Since it became independent after the partition of India in 1947 due to the Hindu - Muslim conflict, it has been a scene of conflicts and terrorism.

The Taliban

The cradle of the Taliban, an Islamic, fundamentalist movement, was in Pakistan. It eventually spread to Pakistan's neighbour to the west, Afghanistan. In 1996 - 2001 they came to power in Afganhistan and ruled the country with strict Sharia laws. The Taliban regime was collectively condemned for their brutal treatment of women.


Malala quotes:

"I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated."

"I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I'm afraid of no one."

"We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced."

Malala, born in 1997, comes from the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan. In this valley the Taliban has at times banned girls from attending schools. Already from when she was 11 years old, Malala promoted her strong view that girls should be educated.She advocated her views through her own blog which was published on BBC's Urdu website.On the 9th of October, 2012, a gunman entered the school bus asking for Malala. She identified herself by saying: "I am Malala." The gunman fired three shots against her head. She was mortally injured, but she recovered enough to be transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Suddenly, she became the most famous teenager in the world.


Pakistan - Map

Task 1


Make an Oral Presentation


Candles lit by Malala supporters

We have provided two paragraphs with biographical information about Malala. You have been asked to give an oral presentation with important biographical facts and events from Malala's life. Which facts and events would you focus on, and why?

Your biographical presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.

Task 2

A Voice Heard

Make a Speech

Education and Girls

Girls and Education

Listen to Malala's Speech in the General Assembly in the UN.

BBC4 Radio: Malala's Diary

Malala wants to be a voice heard on behalf of all these millions of uneducated girls in the world.
Make a speech (3 - 5 minutes) where you consider:

  • To what extent she has succeeded. Give reasons for your views.
  • There is often a gap between words and action. How can words become reality in this matter?

When you plan your speech, you should focus on what rhetorical devices to use. Give your speech in front of an audience.

Task 3


  • Write
  • Debate
  • Discuss

Nelson Mandela on Education

  1. Read Article 26 and sum up the main contents in your own words.
    UN - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations
  2. Based on the Mandela quote above and Article 26, make a posting on a social media site with the title:
    Why Education Matters (maximum 700 characters)
  3. Debate pro et contra the following quotes from Article 26:
    • "Education should be free at least in the elementary and fundamenal stages"
    • "Elementary education shall be compulsory"
    • "Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children."
  4. Discuss the Mandela quote.
    In what way can education be a weapon?

Task 4

Gender Issues

Find Out and Discuss

  1. Human Rights

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Browse through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These articles apply for all humans in every part of the world. Choose at least three fields where women are left behind.
    Sugggest what measures could be taken to reach the goal of equality.
  2. This UN survey, UN statistics and indicators on women and men, displays gender inequalities among the UN member countries.
    • Compare Norway to one or two other countries of your choice. Focus on all the fields of concern.
    • Make a table where you compare your findings.
    • Discuss your findings.
Sist oppdatert 13.11.2018
Skrevet av Morten Serkland og Eli M. Huseby


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