Letter to Malala

malla Dearest Malala,

I have recently been amazed by reading your stunning autobiography. Such strength and courage blew my mind. I never would have thought your story could have such a positive impact on me. We share lots of things actually. Indeed, my dream in life is to inspire others and thus to be the greater version I can be of myself. By exploring your book, page after page, I noticed that not only did you point out so brilliantly the real and exceptional value of education, but you also conveyed a universal message of peace which I strongly admire.

In the West, children tend to forget the meaning of education. Children in developed countries have been to school since a very early age. Homework, holiday, tests are likely the words we knew best back in elementary school. When growing up, these three words remain stuck in our heads and hearing them make us instantly refer to school. As a younger teenager, I myself undervalued the words school and education. Nevertheless, it is true that some people are more adapted than others to the theorical courses that school usually provides. Still I have observed, in France and in Italy specifically (as they’re my native countries), that young people are much less attracted to school as it has become a habit (though I don’t want to generalize either). However, I find in myself the great will to learn things at school, just like you, I guess. I love learning about the history of England or Africa. I love discovering new types of literature from a foreign country. I love doing my homework when I’m not too tired. I love writing English literature papers. I love studying. I am very grateful for all the resources and the easy access that I have. I wish every kid in the world would see this Right practiced. I wish all countries would be able to offer the same education to everyone because we all deserve to get an education. It ought to be a universal value.

On the other hand, your outstanding campaign for the cause took my breath away. Unfortunately, not many people would have acted the same way as you did, maybe due to fear or selfishness, no matter how old they are. But you stood up for girl’s right to go to school in Pakistan. You’ve been shot by Talibans because you got in their way. You stayed humbled through the moral and physical recovery. You made a change. You chased your dreams and beliefs for something much bigger than you. You kept speaking up about such a tragic reality in the world, it is forbidden for girls to go to school in some countries. The values you’ve shown the world go beyond boundaries, nationalities, religions.  We are both seventeen-year-old girls but I know I probably could have never done such heroic act. Perhaps due to circumstances. However, I do believe that every person in this world has something to fight for. No matter what the trigger to start fighting is. I know what I want to fight for because of my previous family identity. We all have something to speak up and let the world know about. No matter how much steps I’ll have to make to reach my goal I will continue to keep fighting. All people could inspire. All we need is to stand up. And maybe at a smaller scale than you, we will also change the world.

You are a true inspiration, Malala. Yet, I do not consider you as such being you escaped death with bravery. I consider you a rolemodel because you stood up for your rights no matter what went in your way and you never stopped. Thank you for advocating for a united world in which everyone would get an education and live peacefully.

With love and admiration,  

One of your greatest devotee.

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