Malala Yousafzai delivered a historic speech to the UN on Friday, July 12, 2013, putting voice of the 26 million children and 31 million girls are out of school in the world. The young Pakistani, was the victim of a shooting in the head and neck in October 2012 at the hands of the Taliban, intervened at the United Nations, to 1,000 young people around the world. Currently actively he is working since its foundation for the rights of girls and women.
These have been some of the most important phrases Malala in his first speech, which you can read in full (in English) here
Malala was about to die for having in his blog Diary of a Pakistani girl who had her problems and her friends Swat Valley to attend school. 70% of her companions had left the classroom to pressure and threats from Islamic fundamentalists. Pakistan is the second country with the lowest rate of female schooling: 5 million girls do not attend school. A figure surpassed only by Nigeria, where women 10 million children do not attend classes.
According to Unicef, 93 million minors do not attend school, a figure which is more than the total population of the Philippines. Most are girls, of which nearly 80% live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. “From the Millennium Development Goals to the Dakar Declaration, countries have repeatedly committed themselves to achieving universal primary education and to eliminate existing gender disparities at all levels of education by 2015,” says Unicef.
The international organization states that have experienced a lot of progress, but there remains work to be done, because it is not enough for minors aimed at school but is to complete the course and do it with quality education that reaches children alike. Something that does not happen in sub-Saharan Africa, where more boys than girls go to school and many of those who complete primary education does not attend high school.
From UNESCO, meanwhile, are concerned about the crisis and cutting development aid by northern hemisphere countries. The dropout has increased and in some rural areas of Ethiopia, for example, 65% of girls have never been to school.