Activist Malala Yousafzai is unstoppable. In the past year, she has gone from surviving an assassination attempt to speaking at the United Nations to being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Did we forget to mention the fact that she just celebrated her 16th birthday? Malala’s powerful message is one of gender equality, especially in the world of education.
Yesterday, in her self-proclaimed second home of Birmingham, Malala continued her quest for universal education with the opening of Europe’s largest library. The 333,000 square foot structure reportedly houses over 1 million volumes, not to mention the largest film and television archive in the world and a snazzy outdoor amphitheater.
Yousafzai’s address to a crowd of “fellow Brummies” started with a light and hopeful expression of her love of literature and her desire to spend her days reading “thousands of books.” Her speech then quickly turned to more pressing global issues: “Pens and books defeat terrorism,” she declared. Malala reminded the crowd that 57 million children go every day without access to an education and that we all must be the ones who take steps to change this reality.
To see more of the library and to be inspired by Malala’s passion, watch the video below.