At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last October for attending school, addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations Youth Assembly on 12 July, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared the day, also Ms. Yousafzai's 16th birthday, as 'Malala Day' in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for all. The meeting, which featured 1,000 youth leaders, also was addressed by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Vuk Jeremić, President of the General Assembly, and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Special Envoy on Youth. The Assembly also highlighted UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which launched a policy paper highlighting that the number of children out of school worldwide has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. However, 28 million children out of school live in the world's conflict zones, and more than half of those are girls.

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