Malala Day: help give children an education

Malala Yousafzai

ActionAid got in touch with me earlier this week. It was to ask if I’d write about why education is so important to my children. I’m more than happy to oblige! As chance would have it, this is something Kate and I have being giving a lot of thought to of late.

On Monday, we took Dylan to a taster session at the pre-school he’ll be starting in September. He played with all kinds of educational toys as well as other kids. In addition, he bossed the teaching staff around into doing his bidding.

He loved it. He’s an inquisitive little lad and amazes us with how much he knows every day. An education will help him develop his already scarily good numeracy and literacy skills. We’re looking forward to seeing him thrive.

I was really impressed with the promise of the level of education he’s going to get there too and he seemed in his element. Now he’s three years old, he qualifies for 15 hours’ free education every week. This is great and I realise how lucky we are to have been born in a developed country where things like this are a given.

It’s not the same all over the world, of course. There are those who have had to resort to campaigning for an education. Among them is the amazing Malala Yousafzai whose determination almost killed her. Malala is a young campaigner for girls’ education and her story received worldwide attention when she was shot by the Taliban. It was a horrendous attack on someone who was merely standing up for a basic right.

Happily, their cowardly tactics failed. Malala survived and today is her 16th birthday. She will also be making her first public speech during a youth takeover of the UN.

A victory for education and the rights of young people like Malala. Child sponsorship enables ActionAid to ensure that children Рgirls in particular Рget to go to school and this is so important. At present, there are 57 million children around the world with no access to education.

If you are unable to commit to sponsorship, you can still contribute to making a difference by standing with Malala and signing this petition which demands that world leaders end this global education emergency.


  1. TheOutdoorsDad

    I was amazed recently to read that across the world over 120 million children of school age don’t go to school. As a Dad this statistic makes me really sad and makes me feel a little bit helpless.

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