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A Evening With Malala

31 Aug

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I spent last evening with 4800 other people listening to Malala Yousafzai speak. She is only 19, but she is such a poised young woman.

We teach Malala and use clips of her speeches as part of our ┬áModel UN and teen activism units, so I’d seen her speak before. Never in person though. What stood out to me, besides the important message she shares, was her sense of humor. None of ┬áthe other clips I’ve seen really showed her self-deprecating humor. Tonight, we got a glimpse of the woman behind the message.

Even though she is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, she didn’t win the position of head girl at her school in Birmingham.

Even though she was speaking to all of us, had met heads of state and addressed the United Nations, she was nervous about her upcoming interview as part of her application to Oxford University.

This year, as we begin our Model UN unit and talk about teen activists, I feel I will have a little something more to bring.

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