The young hero, who is an advocate for girls’ education around the globe, Malala Yousafzai, has graduated from her high school in Birmingham, England on the 8th of July 2017. On the last day of school, she also joined Twitter and was welcomed by more than 350,000 followers in just about 14 hours.

Malala’s graduation from high school is a huge milestone in her life – in 2012, she was attacked by a Taliban gunman for going to school. Her life in Pakistan would have been very much different from what it is now, which is still the reality for many young girls in Pakistan and other countries around the world. They are taken out of school, and married off young. With no education or way of learning, they get stuck and sucked into that lifestyle. Malala’s thirst for knowledge made her break out of the norm, but she feels for the many girls who are not in school at an age when they should be.

“I enjoyed my school years and I am excited for my future. But I can’t help thinking of millions of girls around the world who won’t ​complete their education.”

She wrote a blog post about her last day of school in which she said, “I enjoyed my school years and I am excited for my future. But I can’t help thinking of millions of girls around the world who won’t ​complete their education. I was almost one of those girls. The Taliban took over our beautiful home in the Swat Valley and declared a ban on girls’ education. Our teachers told us to stop wearing our uniforms because it wasn’t​ safe. Every day I wondered if this would be my last day of school.”

She added, “I was able to continue my education when the situation in my hometown got better, but I will never forget how it felt to have my future taken away from me. I promise to ​keep fighting​ until the day that every girl can put on her uniform, pack up her books and walk to school without fear.”

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Malala will be heading to the Middle East, Africa and Latin America in a week’s time to continue her #GirlPowerTrip and meet with girls there and help them get their education.

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