Saturday, October 26, 2013

Meeting Malala Yousafzai at Harvard University

This is an article I wrote for the Cardinal Crier newspaper and was published about 2/3 weeks ago. The audience are IB students and it was my goal to relate Malala Yousafzai's message with IB student goals.
 Malala Yousafzai is, in short terms, an advocate for gender equality in education. I had the pleasure of meeting Malala and her family at Harvard University during the Humanitarian awards ceremony. It is common knowledge what defines Malala in “short terms” but, in all, Malala is way more than that, she is the new voice for gender equality. This is important because education is the critical tool to create the kind of world we want to see. Education is also the vehicle to educate youth about gender norms. This emphasizes the power of 1 students voice to move many, to move many to create the world we want to see. From one of the Harvard professor’s speech, I learned that one of the highest results of education is tolerance.

Can you see how that applies to you? As an IB student you encompass and experience so much, what is the result of that? Is the product that of tolerance and accomplishments or that of compromises and sedition? In some places people are afraid of education, in particular, afraid of women’s power and the power that education gives them. Just by applying yourself in school you are making a change for the next generation. You have shown that you have established personal legends and dreams internally.

We are a family; we have 1 dream in common. This one dream is education and peace. What position have you played in this community? What part do you plan on challenging yourself in?  Malala Yousafzai’s efforts to create international awareness for gender equality are matchless and priceless. She has defied the norm and faced things head on. She does this because she inspires to be something more. In the end, I want to communicate that we should be a force to behold in anything that we pursue: sports, education, IB, life…

***My picture isn't showing anymore for some reason but, here's a snippet from the ceremony***

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

I am so honored to have had this opportunity; as a boston blogger, student, and female. This opportunity was motivation to work harder and strive for more. Thank you guys for taking the time to support my blog and endeavors. 

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