Today is Malala Day!
The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education has declared November 10th as Malala Day, in honor of our Monarch Butterfly, Malala Yousufzai. Today was selected by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education due to the arrival of the Envoy in Pakistan. The Special Envoy will present the President Zadorai of Pakistan, with a petition signed by more than 1 million people worldwide in support of education equality. They plan to ask President Zadorai for his pledged support in educating girls in Pakistan through government policies and reform.
Here is a copy of the petition….
I Am Malala (Official Petition)
“In support of Malala Yousafzai, we are submitting petitions signed by over
one million people throughout the world. We hope beyond hope that the
passion expressed in the petitions can be communicated to your President
and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
We call on Pakistan to agree a plan to deliver education for every child.
We call on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls.
We call on international organizations to ensure the world’s 61 million out
of school children are in education by the end of 2015.
We further call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education for every
child through building schools, training teachers and funding families whose
daughters regularly attend school. All governments and international
organizations must play their part to ensure that the millions of children who
are currently out of school, receive the education that is their birthright.” ~UN, Education Envoy
Malala Day is a day to support education for women and girls around the world. Many women and girls are denied an education simply because of the belief that women cannot and/or should not contribute to the community or household. Unfortunately, many of these communities and households are poor. What is not understood is that if women and girls are educated, the quality of life and the standard of life is risen considerably.
Education is like a master key. It can unlock almost every door and pad lock that holds us captive from achieving our highest standard of living. With out an education millions, if not billions around the world are doomed to remain imprisoned in the largest prison known to humanity-Poverty.
Poverty doesn’t merely mean that one is poor financially. Poverty means “insufficient, lacking, absent, oppressed, and debilitated.” A person in poverty literally cannot move. They lack the necessary means-physically, mentally and socially-to move, due an oppressed spirit,the absence of skill, insufficient means-rendering the person disabled.
I’m not making excuses, I am stating facts here. If a person stays in poverty for a long period of time, with no hope for change, that person may become debilitated by said condition. It is not just a state of being, it becomes a state of mind. And once poverty becomes a state of mind, it is hard to break it.
Education, however, can break the bonds of poverty. Education gives us the skills, means, opportunities, and transportation to a better life and a higher standard of living.
With that said, it is a must that every human being on Earth have an opportunity to be educated. And that is what Malala Day is about; Supporting Education Equality!
You can show your support by using the hastags: #IAmMalala and #EducationEquality on all of your Tweets. Also, you can spread awareness about the inequality of education around the world. We can also get involved with some education ourselves…..Maybe you can volunteer to read to a senior that has trouble reading for failing eyesight OR take a class to increase yourself OR learn something new today OR tutor someone who needs help with school. I think Malala would like that 🙂
Many of us take education for granted. I know I have complained a time or two and even wished that I never had to go to school. Lately, I have eaten every disgruntled word that ever came out of my mouth about my education! I am so humbled by the fact that something so easily available to me, is like a dream to so many others. I will never take advantage of that again…
There are 24 hours in Malala Day, see if you can donate any little piece to education….. 🙂 And share with us! Post a comment or visit our FB page and let us know how you celebrated Malala Day!
You can visit EducationEnvoy.org for more details and articles about Malala Day and what is being done to support over 30 million girls around the world who are denied education.
Happy Malala Day!!