Malala Yousafzai got into Oxford, was named UN Peace Ambassador and has a children’s book coming.
Malala Yousafzai is Oxford-bound.
The Pakistani-born human rights activist, 20, who was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school as a teen, tweeted her admission to the prestigious British university early on Thursday.
“So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!” she wrote in a post that’s received 87,000 likes and been retweeted 16,000 times.
So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead! pic.twitter.com/miIwK6fNSf
— Malala (@Malala) August 17, 2017
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling led the thousands of glowing responses from those just as excited about Yousafzai’s acceptance as the new student, herself. “Congratulations, Malala! X,” she replied.
Yousafzai’s father Ziauddin also tweeted his gratitude for everyone who supported his daughter’s work toward education for all.
— Ziauddin Yousafzai (@ZiauddinY) August 17, 2017
And author Emma Kennedy simply wrote, “Take that, Taliban.”
Take that, Taliban. https://t.co/XoMXJ0nT3z
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) August 17, 2017
Others noted that congratulations are really in order for Oxford – for scoring the world’s youngest Nobel laureate and global inspiration. Yousafzai shared the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 for “her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education” after surviving being shot in the head by the Taliban when she was just 15 – and targeted for speaking out for women’s education. She fled with her family to England, where she recovered and continued crusading for human rights.
Congratulations Malala? More like congratulations to Oxford! The more inspiring women there, the better!
— Sophie Hall (@sophiedebrunner) August 17, 2017
Yousafzai was also named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace in April, and Canada granted her temporary citizenship earlier this year.
Yousafzai will study philosophy, politics and economics – the same course that former U.S. president Bill Clinton and former U.K prime minister David Cameron took – which The Guardian dubs “the Oxford degree that runs Britain.”
Alan Rusbridger, head of Lady Margaret Hall (the first women’s college in Oxford) also congratulated Yousafzai over Twitter.
— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) August 17, 2017
Yousafzai has already penned a best-selling memoir, 2012’s “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban,” and she’s got a children’s book, “Malala’s Magic Pencil” hitting shelves on Oct. 17. The picture book will tell how, “Malala wanted to use her magic pencil to fix problems like the smell of the trash dump near her home and to make everyone in her family happy. But as she grew older, she saw a world that needed fixing, with many important things to wish for — and she realized that even if she never found a magic pencil, she could still work every day to make her wishes come true.”
And attending Oxford will bring her one step closer to that goal.
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