Honouring a Hero

Malala story

The Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine honours what they call a Spiritual Hero every year. Last year this was Malala. Her story is an incredible one and I wanted to share this with you today.

This is an a piece written by Science of Mind magazine.

“This year,” says Editor & Publisher Rev. Dr. David Goldberg, “we honor the youngest person ever named our Spiritual Hero. Malala Yousafzai never set out to be a hero — spiritual or otherwise. She was a girl who wanted an education.”

As writer Julie Mierau gives context to this choice, she writes about Malala, “She stands apart as a powerful voice in the fight for educating girls worldwide, in her commitment to making change, in understanding the roles of women working for peace.”

Malala’s story of being shot by the Taliban at age 15 and her resultant recovery made headlines worldwide. During her recovery and rehabilitation, Malala writes, “It was then I knew I had a choice: I could live a quiet life or I could make the most of this new life I had been given.

 “I determined to continue my fight until every girl could go to school.”

Today, as she studies at the University of Oxford, she continues her fight to ensure girls receive 12 years of free, safe, quality education. She travels to countries where girls face seemingly insurmountable obstacles: crushing poverty, wars, child marriage, human trafficking and discrimination that prevents them from going to school. Through her foundation, the Malala Fund, she shines a bright light onto the world’s areas of greatest need, bringing awareness and intervention.

In her book I Am Malala, she sums up her mission: “Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country — this is my dream,” she writes. “Education for every boy and every girl in the world. … To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish.”

Courageous. Fearless. Defiant. Spiritual Hero. Malala.

Where Every Girl Can Learn

The mission of Malala Fund is clear: Create a world where every girl can learn and lead. The challenges, however, are seemingly insurmountable.

Ziauddin Yousafzai and his daughter Malala founded Malala Fund in 2013 with the goal of creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school. The fund champions every girl’s right to a free 12-year education.

Malala Fund engages as an advocate for girls at local, national and international levels. It advocates for the resources and policy changes needed so all girls receive a secondary education. According to its website, “The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them.”

“I raise my voice so that we will not lose another generation of girls,” Malala said in a speech on September 3, 2017, at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

“If you believe that every girl deserves to go to school,” she said, “if you believe that education gives girls a chance to build a better life; if you believe that 12 years of quality education is the right of every girl, no matter her race or religion; I ask you to join me and stand up for girls — at home and around the world.”

— Learn more at malala.org