Birmingham: Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teenage girl who was shot in head by Taliban militants because of her passion for education has formally inaugurated a £188 million civic library which will house a collection of one million books, 200 public access computers, theatres, an exhibition gallery and music rooms.
Malala Yousafzai came under gun attack while returning from school in her hometown Swat Pakistan. News about attack on Malala spread like wildfire in the jungle. She was immediately taken to local hospital then shifted to military hospital before being airlifted to Birmingham. She made miraculous recovery at Birmingham hospital and underwent couple of surgeries before finally being able to walk to school in the city where she battled for life.
Malala was invited as guest of honor to inaugurate a prestigious library in her new hometown in recognition of her passion and services for education. Addressing a 1000 strong audience she called herself an honorary Brummie. Malala told the audience that she has a dream that one day every corner of the world will have great libraries built in great building to provide every child living under the sun opportunity to succeed.
She further added pen and books are greatest weapons everyone should have. She mentioned that contents of a book has the power to shape lives and future of individuals as well as nations.
Before closing her seven minute speech Malala seized opportunity to mention about her love for Birmingham.
‘Birmingham is very special for me because it is here that I found myself alive, seven days after I was shot”. Malala said
Malala Yousafzai has become an iconic figure for girl’s education. Since rising up again after being shot dead by Taliban she has set up the Malala Fund to help finance girl’s education. She also presented UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon a petition signed by approximately four million people seeking support for 57 million children who are not able to attend school. Through the petition, she also demanded that World powers should fund new schools, books and teachers to help end deprivation and illiteracy globally.