Nobel prize laureate Malala Yousafzai participated in the 10-year-challenge by sharing her picture from ten years ago when she was 11.
“Like many of you, last week I enjoyed the #10YearChallenge on Instagram. I saw funny pictures of my friends as children and famous people before they were famous. As the hashtag took off, more than four million people shared their posts as a celebration of life, growing up, growing older and growing stronger. The posts sparked my memories of 10 years ago, when I was 11 years old,” she said.
“Peace had left us long ago. We were living in terrorism and violence. Firing and bombing became our daily wake-up calls. Hearing the news that two or three people were killed in the Green Square was not news anymore — people called it ‘the Bloody Square’ now. This was not the same valley I was living in just two years before; things changed so quickly. And now no girl could go to school,” she wrote
“As an 11 year old, I worried about my future and my freedom. All I wanted was to put on my ink-stained scarf, walk through the streets, sit on our old wooden chairs inside those cracked walls, pick my pen, open my book. I wanted to read and write and question and learn,” she added.
“14th January 2009 was my last day of school in Swat Valley. And 14th January 2019 was first day back to lectures for my second term at Oxford University,” she continued.
“I know how far I have come and I appreciate that I can tell a story of triumph. But I also know that 130 million out-of-school girls are in the same situation today that I was 10 years ago. Millions of girls are sitting in their homes worried about their future and their freedom.”
“I look back on the last 10 years with immense gratitude — but also anger. Why are so many girls — any girl — still out of school?” she asked.
“I am working every day to help my sisters go to school. I want every girl to get at least 12 years of safe, free, quality education. I want them to pursue their dreams and contribute to a better world for all of us. But I can’t do this alone.”
“If you’re inspired by my story, I hope you’ll join me in my fight for girls’ education,” Malala urged.
“What will the next 10 years look like? That’s up to all of us.”