malala yousafzai

malalala yousefzai bw

Malala is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in history.



all below via

class dismissed – malala’s story:

created 2009


Malala was shot by Pakistani Taliban in 2012. last year, addressed the UN Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday and called for improvements in global education.

The UN has declared her birthday, July 12, as “Malala Day”.

She started the speech with a prayer.


Malala Yousafzai’s address to the UN:

july 12, 2013, her 16th birthday, UN declared july 12 as malala day. she calls for improvements in global education.

[personal note in love:  only contention – that true freedom/peace comes from non-compulsory ed. via Holt, Plato, et al.. and seen in Cevin Soling‘s documentary – War on Kids.. via Cevin: suicide rates, 1 in 6…every individual that supports compulsory schooling has blood on their hands…]

about getting shot:

[50 second video clip]

malala about getting shot


i am malala..


Malala’s story to be made into a documentary:


love this with Jon:


take from Zeynep on noble peace prize..

Fortunately for the world, there is no shortage of such brave, courageous individuals. In fact, there is an abundance of them, especially in poor, authoritarian countries. If you think Malala is rare, that is probably because you have not spent much time in such countries. Most Malalas, however, go nameless, and are not made into Western celebrities.



more insight into – the Malala inside her:

insight into malala


Malala’s dad at ted 2014:


Pakistani teen, Indian activist win Nobel Peace Prize


oct 2014:

Raw Video: Malala Yousafzai’s entire Nobel prize speech

much love to and for Malala. she’s amazing.

i do wonder about a goal of education as a means to save us.. if education is defined by what it’s currently defined by. rescuing people from death (present or future), by insisting you teach them ie: algebra as a means to value..

having her bring up grades, and us applauding her not missing school,.. sound too much like seat time and test scores.

learning yes. and i think, i have to believe, that’s what she means. but that most often doesn’t come from school – as we know it.


Peter Gray nov 2014 on Malala’s award:
My only objection concerning this award—and it is a big one—lies in the Nobel Committee’s statement, “Children must go to school….” Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world that declared that every child has the right to educational choice?…Millions of children throughout the world are suffering in schools. Some—an increasing number actually—are committing suicide because of what is being done to them in school. But they have no choice. School is compulsory.
One of the most offensive examples is in the wording of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of a Child, where Principle 7 includes the words “every child is entitled to receive an education, which shall be free and compulsory.” (Again, the Italics are mine.)  ..Such Orwellian doublespeak—the child’s right to be forced to spend day after day, for years, in a place that may seem to the child like prison—exemplifies perfectly our world’s lack of respect for children.


nov 2014:


…modern education is one of the greatest crimes against humanity? Its purpose was to carry out epistemological genocide. I can no longer accept a narrative of education that sorts, ranks, standardizes, and condemns millions of beautiful, brilliant, talented children as failures.

I can no longer accept a narrative of education that sees links to my land, local languages, seeds, rivers, trees, histories, body, inner voice, all as a barrier to modernization and development.


this isn’t (doesn’t need to be ) rare.

imagine – facilitating authenticity…

finding all the geniuses inside.. waiting to be seen/heard/loved.


jack et al

and imagine if we called – facilitating curiosity – school – in the city – as the day?

7 billion such researchers/entrepreneurs/happy people.. no?


june 2015 – interview with Jon:

love these people.. but i believe our focus on education is part of what’s killing us. Malala keeps talking of one voice.. and of getting voices out.. and of not waiting for someone else.. yet … perhaps waiting is what education is doing to us more than anything else. [noting especially her talking of – 2 more years till college – and – 1 month long exam – and when Jon talks of a 1 day exam and movie the rest of the time – Malala says she’d like to be here.]

this whole education will make us free or whatever is biting us… the education we’re practicing – and spending tons on.. and perpetuating on people in “developing” countries to crave – is not playing out that way. that education ness – is what’s getting in our way. keeping people silent.. immobile.. until – they get credentialed.. ged‘d. et al.

pretty amazingly/subtly ironic.. that Jon’s devastation of our cyclic corruption is soothed by Malala talking education.

we need to model another way. since we now can.


#Malala seeks to raise $1.4 billion to educate #Syrian #refugees v @businessinsider #edu

Original Tweet:


he named me malala (doc)

40 min – it is so hard to get things done in this world.. you try and it doesn’t work.. but you have to continue.. and you never give up

47 min – her dad: most people thought if they speak they would be killed the next day.. i thought if i don’t speak i would be the most guilty man in the whole world (he has a stammer.. his father was great speaker).. if i keep silent.. i think .. then you loose the right to exist/live.. if my rights are violated and i keep silent i should better die than to live

rights ness

54 min – (on noble) – awards don’t matter.. her dad: change matters

indeed.. we need a mech that is completely diff.. we need a change.. not just tweaks of ie: ed

not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake..  a nother way

55 min – dad: education was a threat to them (taliban).. education gives you the power to question/challenge things

not the way any of us are doing it (ed).. if that were true.. we’d see change.. but instead.. globally.. we see/are whales in sea world.. intoxicated by the supposed to’s.. of school/work

what would give us the power to question/change things is if we would just listen to and  facil daily curiosity  ie: cure ios city

1:20 – we realize the importance of light when we see darkness.. voice.. when we are silenced..

1:22 – my father only gave me the name malala.. he didn’t make me malala.. i chose this life.. it was not forced on me.. it was not told to me to live such kind of life