After the emotion of the events last week in France this is perhaps a good topic to discuss in class: Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
Malala initially came to prominence when, as an 11-year-old, she wrote a diary for BBC Urdu, giving an account of how her school in Mingora town dealt with the Taliban’s 2009 edict to close girls’ schools. In October 2012 she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for « promoting secular education ». She recovered from the attack and was even more determined to continue her campaign which is now worldwide. In 2014 she became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her love for education, and her courage in standing up to the Taliban, made her an icon of bravery.
Here are a few articles and videos about Malala that can be used to illustrate several notions: myths and heros, places and forms of power and also the idea of progress.
BBC website : Profile
Malala accepts the Nobel Peace Prize (video)
Ziauddin Yousafzai talking about his daughter and his fight to defend equal opportunities for education (video)
Article and video « Documenting a Pakistani girl’s transformation »