Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzi knows first-hand the lengths that some people will go to prevent a girl from going to school. The Taliban tried to murder her for speaking out about the importance of a girl’s education. She continues to campaign for girls’ education around the globe. Some sixty million girls are currently out of school, something that the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is trying to change. Currently it supports the goal of children’s education through Grade 9. Yousafzi thinks that isn’t enough. On her website, she writes that she is asking “that the GPE Board vote to expand its focus to a full 12 years of primary and secondary education and that GPE partners step up and give more money so that girls are given the opportunity to complete secondary schooling. A change like this will have a dramatic effect on the lives of millions of girls around the world who will be able to go on to become the leaders, teachers, scientists that they want to be and that our world needs.”
Yousafzi has started a petition at Change.org. As she states, “I am blessed everyday to wake up and know that I can receive a free, quality primary and secondary education, but I shouldn’t be the exception.” You can stand #WithMalala and sign the petition here.