Malala celebrates high school graduation but says it's 'bittersweet'

'I'm excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education,' says Pakistani activist 

Maya Oppenheim
Friday 07 July 2017 16:39 BST
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Yousafzai achieved a string of A's and A*s in her GCSE exams
Yousafzai achieved a string of A's and A*s in her GCSE exams

Malala Yousafzai might be just 19 years old but she has experienced more in those years than most do in their lifetimes. Despite the action-packed life the Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace laureate has led, she is only just graduating from school.

Yousafzai, who is celebrating her last day of school this Friday, said she was excited about what the future had to hold, but it was a bittersweet occasion, because of being aware that many girls would never get the opportunity to finish their education.

Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in an attempt to stop her campaigning for girls’ education in 2012, said that she would be back on her “Girl Power Trip” next week to meet girls in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

“Today is my last day of school and my first day on Twitter,” she said on the social media site.

“Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me. I'm excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education.”

“Next week, I will be back on my #GirlPowerTrip to meet girls in Middle East, Africa and Latin America.”

“Each girl’s story is unique - and girls' voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality."

Yousafzai has been a pupil at the all-girls' Edgbaston High School in Birmingham since March 2013. She achieved a string of A's and A*s in her GCSE exams in 2015 and plans to study PPE at Oxford University in the autumn of this year.

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