I Am Malala Questions and Answers

Malala Yousafzai

Questions and Answers

What is a "ghost school"?

A ghost school is a building that no longer serves as an academic setting. In many cases, such schools have never admitted a single student. In Pakistan, influential leaders from remote regions often claim government grants to build or modernize schools. Once they have the cash in hand, many of them use the buildings as offices, storage facilities, stables, or hujras (meeting places for men). In a ghost school, students are "enrolled" only on paper. To allay suspicion, the teachers may continue drawing government salaries, despite the fact that the school only exists theoretically.

In what province is the Swat Valley situated?

The Swat Valley is situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (formerly the North West Frontier Province).

What does "private Talibanization" mean?

In the book, the term references the targeting of private citizens who speak out against the Taliban regime. Ziauddin explained to Malala that the "new" Talibanization was for those who vocalized their objections to Taliban atrocities. In Chapter 19, Ziauddin appeared to be in danger after Zahid Khan, a fellow jirga committee member, was shot. Hidayatullah warned that the Taliban had been targeting each of the jirga members and that Ziauddin could be next. Meanwhile, Ziauddin noted that the militants had increased their attacks on private civilians.

Who are the "Children of the Rubbish Mountain"?

In the book, the Rubbish Mountain refers to an informal public dump, not far from Malala's home. The "Children of the Rubbish Mountain" are young boys and girls who rummage among the heaps of trash to salvage material they can potentially resell. These children belong to poverty-stricken families and cannot afford to attend school. To survive, they work as human scavengers to supplement their families' incomes. At Malala's insistence, Ziauddin gave away free places at the Khushal School to these children.

In the book, when was Malala most like a teenager, and when did her actions show that she was wise beyond her years?

Like most teenage girls, Malala worried...

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