illustrated portrait of Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

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What methods does Malala propose to eradicate terrorism?

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Malala believes that terrorism can be defeated through the power of education. In particular, she believes that if girls are empowered through education, it will make it more difficult for terrorists to gain support among the wider population.

Malala speaks from personal experience. She was almost killed by a terrorist one morning as she made her way to school. The man was from a fundamentalist Islamic organization called the Taliban, which believes that education for girls is a dangerous Western idea and should not be permitted. Malala recognizes that terrorists are afraid of the power of education. They know that the better educated people are, the less likely they are to support the kind of violent fundamentalism groups such as the Taliban endorse.

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