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Malala: The Power of One Voice


Catalogue Number:  MCI076
Producer:  McIntyre Media Inc.
Subject:  Canadian Social Studies, Character Education, Guidance, Politics, Social Issues, Social Studies, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2015
Running Time:  16:16
Closed Captions:  Yes


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An assassination attempt was not enough to curtail the human-rights work of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world," she told the United Nations in a stirring speech.

Around the world an estimated 66 million girls are being denied the right to an education. Girls make up more than 54% of the non-schooled population in the world. Recent global estimates indicate that more than 100 million girls are involved in child labour.  Fix that, scholars have long said, and you could change the course of human history. Educated girls are safer from sexual assault and childhood marriage. They go on to raise more educated children themselves.

This is what Malala is trying to change. Education is a basic human right. In October 2014, Malala was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She has also been made an honourary Canadian citizen. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as "a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”

This wonderfully inspiring Canadian production can be used for discussions on human rights, gender/women’s rights, activism and politics, comparison of education in the Middle East and Canada, the importance of education and examining the barriers that keep girls out of school.

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