‘Education is the only solution’: Pakistani girl shot by Taliban addresses U.N. on 16th birthday
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, called on world leaders to provide free compulsory schooling for every child in a U.N. address on Friday timed to coincide with her 16th birthday.
Speaking to youth leaders from more than 100 countries, she called for “a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism.”
“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” she said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” (Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images)