Malala Yousafzai and George Washington University Team Up for New Youth Empowerment Course


Nobel Prize winner and global symbol of hope for girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai has teamed up with George Washington University to launch a free resource course guide to promote youth empowerment. This new course guide will be available online in higher education classrooms around the world with the help of The Malala Fund, the publishers of her memoir, Little, Brown and Company and George Washington University.

High school students won’t be left out of the youth empowerment loop for too long, though. An online course guide for high school students will be available for implementation next year.

The online course guide will be used in combination with her book, I Am Malala. There will be a syllabus provided for free that will guide students through her story with the ultimate goals being to learn about, reflect upon and understand the violence that women and girls are subjected to, the educational freedoms (or lack there of) as a basic human right for girls, cultural politics, religious extremism and feminism on a global scale.

ZiauddinYousafzai, Malala’s father, course guide contributor and educator, hopes that the topics covered in the guide will not only help women and girls, but also men and boys.

Ziauddin said in an interview with the Associated Press, “This is also the story of her father, who supports his daughter. This is the story of a father who always says that if you ask me ‘what I did for my daughter?’ Don’t ask me what I did, rather ask me, ‘what I didn’t do?’ I didn’t clip her wings. And this is a very powerful message because, really I didn’t do anything special.”

He goes on to say, “Every parent, every brother, every husband, every father can get this message from this book that we have kept our women suppressed. So, it tells the world, ‘let’s stop it.’ It is unjust, it is unfair to (hold) back half of the population.”

Malala and her father hope that this new course and accompanying guide will help her story make the transition from “media sensation to a story for all generations.”

George Washington University faculty began creating the course curriculum last year and we able to begin implementing the new curriculum during the recent fall semester.

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