LONDON – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman for speaking out for girls' rights to an education, has been accepted by the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance on Twitter and included the screen shot of her "congratulations" notice. She plans to major in philosophy, politics and economics, the favored degree of many of Britain's top leaders. "So excited to go to Oxford!!" she tweeted Thursday. Yousafzai will study at Lady Margaret Hall, an Oxford college whose notable alumni include the late Benazir Bhutto, the one-time leader of Pakistan and a hero of Yousafzai's, and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has been appointed a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head. At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by the UN for an initial period of two years. She was also the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize in 2014 when she was 17. The Pakistani education activist came to prominence when she was shot in the head in 2012 as she was leaving school in Pakistan's Swat valley, northwest of the country's capital Islamabad. She was targeted for her campaign against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education.
OTTAWA – Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became only the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship Wednesday, as she called on the country to be bold in advocating for girls' education. Wearing a bright orange hijab, the traditional Muslim veil, and a green dress, the Pakistani activist was welcomed to the seat of Canada's democracy by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At age 19, Yousafzai is the youngest person to speak to Canadian members of parliament and senators in a joint session. She is also the youngest to receive honorary Canadian citizenship -- a privilege previously granted to five others, including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi. "Dear Canada, I'm asking you to lead once again," she said, to a standing ovation.
Malala Yousafzai is set to insert some more magic into your lives. The Pakistani activist and youngest-ever Nobel laureate, now 20, is set to release her first picture book, titled Malala's Magic Pencil. She was 17 when she received the Nobel Peace Prize. She gave the internet a first look on Twitter Thursday, writing that she was "thrilled to find a copy" of her book in the mail. Opened the mail and thrilled to find a copy of my first picture book, Malala's Magic Pencil! pic.twitter.com/Zwoa1f28cC