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Malala Yousafzai’s dream of going back to school comes true
Fifteen-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai attends her first day of school in Birmingham on March 19, 2013.
Fifteen-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai attends her first day of school in Birmingham on March 19, 2013.
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:34AM
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Malala will take a full curriculum to prepare for selecting subjects for GCSEs, the standard exams that English school students typically sit at 16.

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Fifteen-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012, has returned to school.


On Tuesday, Malala attended her first day of class at the independent Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham in central England, where she currently lives.

"I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school," she said in a statement, adding, "I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity."

"I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham."

Malala will take a full curriculum to prepare for selecting subjects for GCSEs, the standard exams that English school students typically sit at 16.

On February 7, Malala was discharged from the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham after a good recovery from her most recent surgery.

On October 9, 2012, Yousafzai was shot by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in the town of Mingora for speaking out against the fanatics and promoting education for girls and women in her home region, the Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

A day after she was shot, a bullet which hit Yousafzai’s skull was removed by surgeons in Peshawar. She was later transferred to a military hospital in Rawalpindi for more specialist treatment.

On October 15, Yousafzai was flown to Britain for specialist care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after Pakistani doctors said she needed treatment for a damaged skull and “intensive neuro-rehabilitation.”

She underwent successful surgery on her skull and ear in a five-hour operation at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham on February 2, and left the hospital on February 7 after her medical team decided she was well enough to be discharged.

Surgeons replaced part of Yousafzai’s skull with a titanium plate and inserted a cochlear implant in her left ear to restore her hearing.

In an interview recorded before the surgery, the teenager said, "Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and I am getting better day by day. It's just because of the prayers of people. Because all people -- men, women, children -- all of them have prayed for me.

"And because of all these prayers, God has given me this new life, a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organized the Malala Fund."

In December 2012, Pakistan and UNESCO unveiled the Malala Plan, which aims to get all the girls in the world into school by the end of 2015.

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