On October 9, 2012, a single gunman boarded a school bus in Pakistan and asked, “Who is Malala?” before shooting 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai in the head at point blank range. Now, almost three years later, the school girl turned brave crusader, girls’ education activist, author, and the youngest ever Noble Peace Prize laureate just aced all her high school exams in England, rocking math and science with top grades.
18-year-old Malala, who has attended Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham since March 2013, just completed her GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams, an academically rigorous, internationally recognized grading framework (A* to G) for assessment in around 50 different GCSE subjects. They are taken at the end of compulsory school education (year 11) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She got exceptional marks across the 10 subjects – core and optional – she was studying, earning the very highest in math and science.
Malala’s proud father and greatest supporter, Ziauddin Yousafzai, who is also a staunch education advocate and the former principal of a school he started in Pakistan in 2004, took to Twitter today to share his daughter’s academic achievements with the world.
In a speech that Malala gave to the UN Youth Assembly in July 2013, just nine months after the attempt on her life, she said, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.” Yes, Malala… you are living proof of your own powerful words.