“Here they consider me a good girl, the girl who stood up for children’s rights and the girl who was shot by the Taliban. They never look at me as Malala, as their friend, and as a normal girl. In Pakistan, I was just Malala, simply Malala.”
Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old shot by the Taliban for promoting female education and who later became an international advocate for children’s rights, has warned British girls not to take their schooling for granted.
The teenager appealed on a BBC Panorama programme, to be broadcast on Monday, for pupils to regard her as “as their friend and as a normal girl”.