When Malala Yousafzai was just 11 years old, a group of extremists took over her community in Pakistan, and enforced extremely strict rules, particularly on women, including that girls were no longer allowed to attend school. Malala, daughter of a life-long educator and activist, refused to go along with what was happening. She shared stories of life in her village under Taliban rule, and was not shy about talking about how the rights of girls were being taken away. Malala was shot in an attempt to keep her quiet, but she refused, and worked harder than ever to ensure that girls not only in Pakistan, but all over the world have a right to learn, and a right to be heard.
To learn more about Malala: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXvs1vwiD0M
All over the world, there are children that don’t get to go to school, because it is too expensive, or because they need to work to help their families, or it is too far, or because they are a girl, or so many other reasons. Why do you think school is so important? What about school are you grateful for?
Closing prayer: Dear God, help us be the people who use our voice to speak up for others. Amen