Last week’s announcement that Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was particularly exciting for everyone here at WORZALLA, since we recently completed the printing and binding of a new book for Random House Children’s Books — Dear Malala, We Stand With You (by Rosemary McCarney and Plan Canada).
Watch for this title to be released October 28, 2014.
Malala Yousafzai was just 15 years old when she was shot by the Taliban in October of 2012 for campaigning on behalf of girls’ education in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Her tragedy and survival has had the most amazing outcome — empowering girls around the world to raise up from poverty, violence and oppression and become a catalyst for change.
The United Nations declared July 12, 2013 (Malala’s sixteenth birthday) the first Malala Day, inviting 500 young people from around the world to the UN to “take over” for the day. As part of the celebration, young girls participated in a short film — in the form of their letters to Malala — sharing how important a symbol she was for them in their lives. This warm and powerful video was the basis for Dear Malala, We Stand With You.
In support of publication, Random House Children’s Books will make a donation to Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which aims to support millions of girls to get the education, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.
In Malala’s words, “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”
To read more about Malala and the Nobel Peace Prize, check out this article in the New York Times.