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Bermuda principals: Well done, Malala

Bermuda's principals for both the public and private senior and middle schools, through Imagine Bermuda, have issued a statement praising a young Pakistani student who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday.

They said: “We join the World in applauding Malala Yousafzai for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, today, December 10th. This 17-year-old girl from Pakistan has become the youngest-ever recipient of this prestigious award. She shares it with the Indian campaigner against child-labour, Kailash Satyathi.

“Malala has been recognised by the global community for her ‘almost indescribable' courage in campaigning for the right of girls in particular and children in general to have access to education. She has been vocal from the age of 13, in an area of Pakistan dominated by the Taliban, who oppose education for girls.”

The principals recounted that Malala was shot in the head by terrorists in 2012 for her campaigning, saying that her story is widely known. “She survived that attack and along with her family has relocated to the United Kingdon, from where she maintains her global campaigning for the education for all.”

The said her story “is inspirational” to people everywhere. “Malala's passion for education is a reminder of the importance of lifelong learning — her mother was inspired to learn to read in recent years. Her tremendous courage in the face of dire circumstances puts into context the significant access to education that is possible in Bermuda.

“As educators, we encourage families to share the story of Malala with their children; noting that it was her father who has been her exemplar.

“Her tale of heroism can inspire courage in young and old alike, to overcome any adverse circumstances and make the best of each and every opportunity, so as to access ones full potential.”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, from Pakistan, holds up her medal

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Published December 11, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 11, 2014 at 12:43 am)

Bermuda principals: Well done, Malala

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