A Magical Lesson

October 11, 2017

Malala Yousafzai, 20, fights for girls’ right to education. In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She won the top honor together with children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. Malala was 17 at the time, making her the youngest Nobel winner in history. Since then, she has continued her work as a hero for education. She tries to ensure that all children are allowed to go to school. Now Malala is spreading her message to a younger audience. Her new picture book is called Malala’s Magic Pencil. It tells her story of growing up in war-torn Pakistan. There, not all girls are permitted to attend school. But, in the book, Malala shows boys and girls as equals. She also raises money through the Malala Fund. It helps girls around the world attend school. “I was not aware of how important writing can be,” she told TFK Kid Reporter Marley Alburez. “Then I realized that when you write, when you speak, it has an impact. It can reach people and bring change.”