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Malala Day - 12th July 2013

[Brussels, 28 June] On the 12th July 2013 Malala Yousafzai, a brave young girl will be celebrating her 16th birthday. On this momentous day known globally as Malala Day, Malala will be joining young leaders from around the world as part of a special youth assembly at the United Nations in New York, to take forward the UN’s ‘Global Education First Initiative’ to call on world leaders to demand an education for all children. Globally, 61 million children are denied an education, with girls disproportionately over represented in these figures. There are currently 500 million illiterate women in the world; twice the number of illiterate men.

In support of Malala Day in Birmingham, the city that Malala has chosen as her new home, we are calling on the youth of Birmingham and its people to support her, in turning the ‘education for all’ goal into reality for millions of children. We are asking educators, youth workers, and mentors, working with the children and young people of Birmingham to commit to joining forces with Malala. There are a number of ways in which people can get involved, which include:

• Asking children and young people to sign up to and comment on the draft Youth Resolution listed here

• Asking children and young people to hold their own youth assembly and devise their own resolution, calling on all governments, individuals, and organizations responsible for policy, planning, financing, provision, management, delivery and implementation of education for all. Asking children and young people to write their own resolutions before attaching them to balloons and releasing them into the air on Friday 12th July.

• Assisting children and young people to plant a tree to symbolize the importance of ways in which education for children enables them to grow and mature, whilst growing the very resources that are needed to produce the equipment that is required to engage in education – paper and pencils!

• Join us on Twitter by using the hashtag #malaladay or like our Facebook page and join in with the conversation at

Everyone who signs up to Malala Day and joins in with the activities will receive a certificate in recognition of supporting Malala Day on 12th July 2013, which will be signed by Malala Yousafzai.

If you wish to know more about Malala Day and how you can get involved please email - please feel free to share widely and encourage children and young people to be part of this global movement for change!

Kind regards

Malala Day – Birmingham

Join us in Birmingham on 12th July 2013 to celebrate Malala’s 16th Birthday!

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