After being shot on a school bus by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ rights for education, Malala Yousafzai became a symbol of defiance, making her the youngest recipient to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
This past July, Malala celebrated her 18th birthday by opening a school for refugees girls ages 14-18, located close to the Syrian border. She tells Reuters she “believes that the voices of the Syrian refugees need to be heard and they have been ignored for so long.”
Lebanon is home to 1.2 million refugees who’ve fled Syria’s war but only a fifth of the 500,000 school-age children are receiving a formal education. The school funded by The Malala Fund and built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, will provide free services to 200 girls living in refugee camps.
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Watch the clip of Malala at the schools opening.
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References: NBC, Reuters