A Magical Lesson

October 11, 2017
STEPHANIE KRAUS FOR TIME FOR KIDS

Malala Yousafzai, 20, has fought for girls’ right to education for more than eight years. In 2014, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 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, trying to ensure that all children are allowed to go to school. Now Malala is spreading her message to a younger audience with a new picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil. It tells her story of growing up in war-torn Pakistan, where not all girls are permitted to attend school. But, in the book, Malala shows boys and girls as equals. In addition to writing, she raises money through the Malala Fund to help 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.”