Dear Malala Yousafzai,
My life is different from yours. We only share few similarities with each other. You lived in a tiny house with only a few hours of electricity each day. My house is larger than yours, and I have electricity all day long. You had to hide to watch television, but I can watch it whenever I want. You have family living in small villages, but all my family lives in the city. You had to secretly go to school, for the Taliban restricted you; I do it openly. We have a lot of different things between us, but we have a few in common too. Both of us have two younger siblings, we are both the oldest siblings, and both of us go to school.
While I was reading your book, I Am Malala, I learned about how difficult it is for people to live in Swat under the Taliban’s control. I was the type of person that never thought about the lives of other people who did not have the privilege of going to school, or girls who couldn’t go outside alone. I thought that everyone could do these things.
I could not put your book down, as I was up all night reading it. What I loved about it was your bravery. Even when girls were not allowed to go to school, you and your friends went. You stood up for your rights and the rights of all the girls around the world who do not have a voice.
After I finished reading the last page of I Am Malala, I stopped taking life for granted. I started thinking about my home country more deeply. I started to pay attention to the privileges that I had. I took school a lot more seriously, because not everyone had the advantage to be educated. My sisters and I are lucky to live in a country that allows us to be educated. Your quote, “ One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world” inspired me to learn more and more.
I have seen all your speeches, and they inspire me to do great things. Your bravery has taught me that even when somebody does something harmful to you, you should never take revenge. I learned this from your experience. The Taliban shot you in your head, yet you said that you wanted to educate their children. You are the bravest person in the world to me Malala. your courage inspires me and millions of girls worldwide, to be strong. To be brave. To be fearless. I will now do my best at school, study well, get good grades, and have a bright future, because not everyone has the advantage of being educated.
Zainab Mansoor, Grade 6