Back to school — girl shot by Taliban returns to class

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A BRAVE teenager shot in the head by the Taliban is set to defy her attackers by returning to school today.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was gunned down on a bus for standing up to extremists by campaigning for women’s rights. She wanted all girls in Pakistan to be able to attend school – so fanatics tried to kill her last October. The youngster was transferred to the UK for life-saving treatment after the bullet grazed her brain. Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham operated on her skull and ear before being eventually discharged in January.

Malala will today start lessons at Edgbaston High School for girls in Birmingham. She has joined the girls in Year 9 and will be studying a full curriculum in preparation for selecting her subjects for GCSEs. Malala said: “I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity. “I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham.” It is thought she will secure permanent residence in the UK after her father was granted a job with the Pakistani consulate. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and a fund has been set up in her name to support girls’ education across the globe.

Source : Sun

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