A film important to your students, important to education communities worldwide opens this week. He Named Me Malala is a film exploring the powerful story of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Youaafzai. This brave 15 year-old took a stand for the rights of women’s education, raising the ire of the Taliban who sought her out and shot her three times on her school bus, including in the head. Her advocacy and assassination attempt brought global recognition to the fact that over 60 million girls around the world are not in school. In a country where education is compulsory, it is hard to conceive of cultures where education is not only discouraged, but punished for one segment of the population.
The Millennial generation is a passionate one and this film, with it’s themes of human rights, advocacy, and empowerment will resonate deeply. The studio has provided a tool kit for educators including lesson plans, worksheets, and resources. Have you seen the film? Tell us what you thought on social media @HyattFennell