Last week, Malala Yousafzai--the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate celebrated her 18th birthday by doing something for others: she opened a secondary school for Syrian refugee girls in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
According to her blog, the school, supported by the Malala's own non-profit, will serve 200 students between the ages of 14 and 18.
From attending the school, students will receive baccalaureate or vocational degrees that meet the learning requirements and standards of the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education or the Syrian equivalent. Students will also be given the opportunity to take skills courses if they cannot complete the 4-year program, therefore given abilities and skills that they can take to the workplace.
Malala Yousafzai made headlines in 2012 when she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, who targeted her for her outspoken views on girls and schooling.
After recovering, her and her family have lived in England, where she continued to advocate for the rights of girls and knowledge building in Pakistan. She started the Malala Fund, which helps support schools and educational projects all over the world. Currently, her Fund supports instructional projects for girls in Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Kenya, Jordan and Lebanon, and Nigeria, while advocating for girls' rights all over the world in front of various organizations.
Her shooting inspired great recognition and inspiration for those who see learning as one of the most important rights girls and women should have access to. With the new school, girls who have suffered through the Syrian war will now be able to continue their studies and hopefully support themselves and their family with their skills and knowledge.
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