Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Stand with Malala

The YES! Student Writing Competition is an opportunity for middle school through university students to write for a real audience - not just you, the teacher - and the chance to be published by an award-winning magazine. This quarter's theme is Every Girl's Right.
Each quarter, students are invited to read and write an essay on a selected YES! Magazine article. YES! Magazine divides contestants into four categories: middle school, high school, university, and Powerful Voice (for authors whose essays are powerful and passionate). Winning essays in each category are published on YES! Magazine website and in the online education newsletter. Register by January 14th!

This winter, students will read and respond to the YES! Magazine article,
"Stand With Malala: Meet the Teenagers Who Survived the Taliban and Kept Going to School." From 2009-2012 the Taliban forcefully banned girls in the Swat Valley of Pakistan from going to school. In an interview with Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, the two friends of Malala who were also shot on the bus tell the story of the traumatic experience that emboldened them to stand up for the right of every girl to an education.

We recommend viewing the accompanying trailer for the documentary He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. The film also highlights the bond she shares with her father as they stand up for girls' education together.

Students Stand #WithMalala for screening opportunities of the film, plus free, downloadable curriculum and discussion guides for your classroom. 

Thank you for standing #withMalala!