I can’t believe it was already a week ago that I had the opportunity to join a conference call with the Malala Fund, including Malala Yousafzai herself.
She was a delight to listen to – and there were so many great questions submitted by fellow online influencers (and their kiddos) – I just soaked it all in.
Education for girls – and all children – around the world.
It got me thinking about what my education means to me.
I attended many different schools growing up, mostly because we moved a lot. But even when things settled down, I transitioned from public to private and back to public again to finish off my 12 years of education.
And in that 12 years I learned a lot.
(Understatement of the year?)
More than just letters and numbers. I learned nuance and friendship. Reason, deduction and leadership. Fine arts and performance. So many fundamental bits and skills that make me who I am today.
And who would I be without this education?
Because of it, I attended college. I graduated. I traveled.
I’ve supported business growth. I’ve created and managed my own business. I’ve written and published books – and I plan to write more.
I put an emphasis on education for my son, and for my cousin’s children.
So, who would I be without this education?!
A women with no degree, with no business experience, with no understanding of what it means to encourage the next generation of my family to learn every single thing they can, so they can prosper.
I am just one woman. I impact what and who I can.
Now – imagine all those young women and girls (66 million) – and children all over the world – who are denied an education.
With one, imagine what they could accomplish.
Imagine how the world could change – and prosper.
The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
I had the opportunity to prescreen this documentary as a part of my attendance to the 2015 Blogalicious conference. Check out the trailer. Pledge to see the movie (opens in LA and NY on Oct 2; everywhere else on Oct 9). It’ll make you think.