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Malala’s Father Speaks For Girls’ Education

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Ziauddin Yousafzai . Image: Wikipedia
Ziauddin Yousafzai . Image: Wikipedia

The name Ziauddin Yousafzai may not be familiar to you. But you likely know his famous daughter.

Malala is known all over the world. She became famous in 2012 when she was injured by some people because she spoke out in favour of girls’ education.

Now her father is becoming famous for the same thing. He was in Vancouver last week telling people it is the right of every girl in the world to be able to have an education.

It is unusual for many fathers in Pakistan, where the family lived when Malala was injured, to speak out about their daughter’s education.

It is the tradition to pay more attention to education for boys than for girls. Many women grow up powerless because they are not allowed to attend school or even make major decisions for themselves.

Malala and her father now live in England, where Malala went for treatment after the attack.

Now she is better and they want to go back to Pakistan to work for girls’ education. Almost four million girls in Pakistan don’t attend school.

Ziauddin Yousafzai said in his speech that traditions need to change before discrimination against girls stops.

The attack on Malala has brought more attention to these traditions and now more organizations are working towards change.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
By Jonathan Tilly

Writing/Discussion Prompt
Ziauddin Yousafzai has always believed that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn. And now it’s your turn. Create a poster celebrating “The Right to an Education” and include words and images that show how stongly you feel!

Reading Prompt: Extending Understanding
TKN has written many stories about Malala Yousafzai. Reread some of these articles and consider how today’s article expands upon your understanding of her life and who she is.

Primary
Extend understanding of texts by con- necting the ideas in them to their own knowledge and experience, to other famil- iar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).

Junior
Extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).

Intermediate
Extend understanding of texts, including increasingly complex or difficult texts, by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).

Grammar Feature: Nouns
A noun is a word that tells a person, place, or thing. Nouns, therefore, are one of the most important types of words that writers use. In fact, all complete sentences must contain at least one noun.

Reread today’s article and circle all the nouns that refer to people, draw a box around all the nouns that tell of a place, and underline all the nouns that name things.