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Malala Yousafzai, Shot by the Taliban, Is Going to Oxford

Students were learning whether their grades met the standard set by their chosen universities, or were entering a process known as “clearing” to try to find an open spot at another institution. (Students in Scotland previously received their results.)

Ms. Yousafzai was 15 when a Taliban gunman in Pakistan shot her in the head for her work advocating girls’ education. At the time, she had been blogging for the BBC about life under the grip of the terrorist group after an edict by the militants in 2008 banned girls from attending school.

In 2014, Ms. Yousafzai was flown to Britain for medical treatment and reconstructive surgery. She later relocated to the city of Birmingham, England, with her family.


Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel laureate, with students at a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, in July. Credit Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

That year, she was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” The other honoree was the Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Ms. Yousafzai also founded the Malala Fund, an advocacy organization for girls’ education worldwide. This year, she became the youngest United Nations messenger of peace with a special focus on girls’ education.

“If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now and not wait for anyone else,” she said in her acceptance speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The 20-year-old attended her last day of the equivalent of high school in July. She said then that she would travel to the Middle East, Africa and Latin America to meet with other girls.

“I enjoyed my school years, and I am excited for my future,” she wrote. “But I can’t help thinking of millions of girls around the world who won’t complete their education.”

On Thursday, Ms. Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, who is also a women’s rights activist, took to Twitter to celebrate her acceptance to Oxford.

“My heart is full of gratitude,” he wrote, thanking those who supported his daughter for “the grand cause of education.”

Ayesha Marri, a Pakistani alumnus of Oxford University, said Ms. Yousafzai’s acceptance had brought hope and encouragement to young girls across Pakistan.

“It shows what results you can get from a good education and that women are capable of much more than helping the family or joining the labor force,” Ms. Marri said.

“Young girls need to see real-life examples of what they can become; they need to be inspired.”

Amid the rush of joy, disappointment or dashed expectations for the thousands of students across Britain receiving their A-level results, Ms. Yousafzai’s news carried special weight on social media. The author Emma Kennedy wrote simply, “Take that, Taliban.”

Source: NYT > World

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