Malala heading for Oxford University five years after being shot in the head by the Taliban
We were so pleased to hear that Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winning campaigner who, as a 15-year-old schoolgirl, survived being being shot by the Taliban, has been awarded a place at Oxford University.
Malala, 20, moved to England from her native Pakistan for hospital treatment after being shot in the head at pointblank range by a gunman outraged by her demands that girls should have the right to attend school.
Her life hung in the balance after the shooting but the medical attention she received soon found her resuming her own education in the UK and continuing her activism.
She is now recognised worldwide as a global advocate for female education, she has opened a school for Syrian refugees and spoken out against Boko Haram and its mass abduction of schoolgirls.
She became one of the youngest ever recipients of the Nobel Prize after being nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu who recognised a kindred spirit.
And last week, after receiving her A’ level results, Malala was able to realise a dream by taking up the offer of a place at Oxford to study philosophy, politics and economics.
She received flurry of messages of congratulations including one from Chelsea Clinton who tweeted: “Congratulations Malala! Hope you enjoy your time @UniofOxford as much as I did!”
Malala has remained outspoken about the world’s wrongs and earlier this year criticised present US President Donald Trump for his plans to clampdown on the US refugee admissions system.
She said she was “heartbroken” that he was discriminating against those fleeing war-torn countries.