Malala Turns 18, and Opens a School for Syrian Refugee Girls

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace laureate, celebrated her 18th birthday today by inaugurating a secondary school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, near Syria’s border.

Yousafzai survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, as she returned home from school on a bus with her classmates in northern Pakistan. Since the attack, she and her family have lived in England.

The new school will serve more than 200 Syrian girls between ages 14 and 18, according to the Malala Fund, Yousafzai’s nonprofit organization, which is helping support the school.


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