Teen at school for first time since being shot by Taliban
Malala Yousafzai waves as she is discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in central England.
March 19th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

Teen at school for first time since being shot by Taliban

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By Jason Hanna and Saskya Vandoorne, CNN

(CNN) - For the first time since the Taliban shot her five months ago, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has done what made her a target of the would-be assassins: She's gone to school.

The 15-year-old on Tuesday attended Edgbaston High School in Birmingham, England, the city in which doctors treated her after she received initial care in Pakistan, a public relations agency working with her announced.

It was her first day at school since the Taliban shot her in the head in October for campaigning for girls' education.

"I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school," Malala said, according to a release from her representatives. "I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity.

"I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much, but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham."

On October 9, the teenager was riding home in a school van in the Swat Valley, a Taliban stronghold in Pakistan, when masked men stopped the vehicle. They demanded that the other girls identify Malala, and when they did, the men shot Malala in the head and neck. The gunmen also shot another girl, wounding her.

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  1. W.

    The Nobel committee has proffered their prize to many others that orchestrated world solutions from various venues with far more disingenuous qualities and dubious outcomes. Those include peace through vaporization: such was the very foundation of Nobel itself. This young lady has set a standard that regards education as an avenue to achievement and a defiance to the violent alternative of some bizarre political ideology. She can and should be recognized among those who have done as much with harmful resources and achieved far less. Knowledge is power, and in a very existential way it can be the enlightenment of a more peaceful path. Wisdom is not always achieved by power and affluence, sometimes it is gathered simply by a simple vision, age notwithstanding.

    March 20, 2013 at 6:22 am |
    • X.

      Education for girls may be a very novel concept in the Muslim world; however, it is certainly not new to the rest of the world. This particular Muslim girl just copied what the Western girls have been doing for a long, long time.
      Nobel prize is meant for someone who pioneers a new thing for the whole world, not for copying what others have already been doing for a while in so many places.
      For example, if a Pakistani girls buys an iPhone, she does not deserve an award for inventing the iPhone - even if an iPhone is a new thing for the Muslim world.
      OK, she did a good thing. And girls' education is so new to the Muslim world. Perhaps Muslims should give her some Islamic award of their own. However, what she did is nothing new on the world stage and is certainly not worthy of a world class award like the Nobel prize. Expand your horizon - Think about what's new for the whole world, don't confine yourself to your own Muslim world.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:40 am |
      • William

        X, your logic is flawed. This girl showed more courage than most adults. She stood up to the taliban thugs and brought the value of education to the forefront of politics around the world. Her contribution to the peace of the world by advocating education in the face of a very real death threat does deserve at least consideration for the Nobel Prize.

        March 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
      • X.

        She gave a few interviews on TV. It's not as if she showed courage in a hand-to-hand combat with the Taliban.
        It may be brave by Muslim standards. But she did nothing which can be considered new outside the Muslim world.
        A lot of young girls have given interviews.
        Nobel prize is reserved for something new for the whole world - not just Muslim world.
        There are a lot of routine things which will be new to the Muslim world - one can not go around giving Nobel prizes to all those things which are new only to Muslims.

        March 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  2. knudson

    She comes from such a wretched place on earth where people are true monsters, and yet she is back to school. What was her crime? Being born in such terrible place, surrounded by terrible people? I am glad she is out of the miserable place and the rotten country which is completely devoid of humanity. The Pakistanis shot her for going to school?

    March 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Larry

    Malala is such an inspiration for us all. And think of how ironic it is that a young woman in a developing nation is shot for going to school, and in this country, kids drop out by the thousands: More than 50% in my town. In a similar vein, 90% of voters queue up and risk being attacked by thugs to vote in places like Kenya, but here, we are lucky to get a 50% turnout for a presidential election, and 10% for the local school board. We have much to learn from those who have less than we do.

    March 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  4. Godwilling

    I am responding to Story: Teen at school for first time since being shot by Taliban

    Is n't this girl perfect candidate for Nobel Prize for Peace. Hello Great organizations of the world, this little girl has the courage for living. Courage for gaining knowledge.

    March 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Lewis

      People like Daniel Pearl deserve Nobel Prize who have truly sacrificed. You have to do something for it. Please do not try to dishonor an honorable and prestigious award on something trivial.

      March 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
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    March 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm |