Yesterday on Malala Day, we marked a significant milestone in the journey towards addressing girls’ education.
It has been exactly ten years since Malala Yousafzai, on her 16th birthday, took to the podium before the United Nations on 12 July 2013, with an unwavering determination and a voice which resonated globally, calling upon world leaders to take action and safeguard the freedom of girls to pursue education, a right for which she had nearly lost her life just a year prior.
During Malala’s 3rd visit to Nigeria, her words echoed with the same courage and power as she addressed a gathering of champions, young advocates, and esteemed civil society elders in Abuja at the UN House. The impact of her passionate advocacy, coupled with the tangible efforts and actions of the Malala Fund, remains evident in the lives of countless girls who have benefited from their mission of implementing and protecting every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, and quality education.
It was an absolute honour and privilege to collaborate and participate in the momentous event themed “Addressing a Decade of Work for Girls’ Education” as we gathered intergenerationally to reaffirm our support for the Malala Fund and our collective commitment to upholding the United Nations’ steadfast dedication to girls’ education in Nigeria.
Let us remember that education is not merely a privilege, but an essential human right. It is the key that unlocks the boundless potential within every girl, regardless of her circumstances. Investing in her education is an investment in a flourishing society, where girls are empowered to overcome adversity, shatter glass ceilings, and be the next generation of leaders.
May the legacy of Malala’s remarkable journey inspire us all to persevere, innovate, and advocate tirelessly for girls’ education. Together, let us ensure that the transformative power of education reaches every corner of Nigeria, lighting the path toward a future where every girl can thrive and contribute to a more prosperous Africa.