Janusz Korczak often wrote about the difficulty of being a child in an adult world. The story of Malala Yousafzai has brought this story to life in our times. This is an issue of human rights. Not politics. Not religion. Too many short-sighted people are using the story of Malala and the broader issue of girls to create short-sighted propaganda. The issue here (politics and religion aside) is simple: all children have the right to an education. Here is a New York Times documentary on the issue of the right of girls to receive an education:
On her birthday, July 12, 2013, the courageous Malala Yousafzai gave an inspiring speech to the United Nations – for all world leaders to take note:
Finally, a group of girls put together a touching video as a tribute to Malala and all she stands for. The Korczakian themes are especially striking:
“How can anybody young like me,
Can find even find any truth,
When nobody’s lookin’ for truth in the youth?
…then Malala gave me a voice!”
A beautiful, inspiring video.