Survivor of Taliban assassination attempt returns to school.

Malala Yousafzai has returned to school, this time in progressive England rather than fundamentalist Muslim Pakistan.  Good for her.  Nice to see a fifteen year-old with more bravery than most adults I know.  The future is indeed bright.

Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by extremists in Pakistan after campaigning for education for girls, has returned to school after being treated for her injuries in the UK.

The 15-year-old began her first day at Edgbaston High School in Birmingham yesterday -  the city’s oldest independent school for girls – where she will study the full curriculum before selecting her GCSE options next year.

She already speaks fluent English and her return to education speaks volumes for the cause that left her in a life-threatening condition last October when Taliban militants shot her on her school bus for writing a blog in support of girls’ schooling.

Look no further than that last line if you want to know what the agents of fundamentalist religion consider their enemy to be.  It’s no secret that with more education people are not only less likely to be religious, but less likely to be fundamentalist if they remain religious.  Even the most die hard fundamentalists know what a threat education is to their beliefs.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • James

    Well all things are relative.
    I’m very glad I live in the UK rather than Pakistan, but only today our PM said he opposed “aggressive secularisation” and praised his Education Secretary for sending a KJV bible (with a new intro written by the Ed. Sec. himself – such modesty!) to every school in the country. And we do still have that little matter of the Established Church with an accident of birth determining both head of state and head of the state church, and Bishops able to vote on every piece of legislation.
    On paper it’s a weird mish-mash of democracy, monarchy and theocracy, which only works in practice because so few people actually give a toss about any of it.

    Huge kudos to Malala though. And not to forget the other two girls on the bus who also got shot and all the others who are still in danger merely for wanting and education.

  • Jaime Wise

    I can’t even say how much respect I have for Miss Yousafzai. She’s an amazing role model, and I can’t wait to see what else she does with her life.

    • Aoife

      Yep. That kid is amazing.