Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai received Harvard University’s 2013 Peter J Gomes Humanitarian Award. She is truly a Pioneer of Peace.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world,” Yousafzai said. “Let us stand up for our rights, and let us fight.”
“Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don’t I take a step and move forward,” Yousafzai said. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
“They were afraid of the power of education,” Yousafzai said of the Taliban. “At that time, we did not keep silent. We raised our voice for the right of education.”
“The solution is one, and it is simple. It is education, education, education,” she said. “No one can defeat us. We can’t be afraid of anyone.”
– excerpts taken from The Boston Globe 9/27/2013
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