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(14-2-1957 / Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India)

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Malala Day 12th July, UN

The absence of light is darkness;
The presence of it gives brightness;
Education is the true light
That can improve world’s children’s plight!

Let pens become weapons like swords;
Let voice pour forth powerful words;
Let books become for women, shields
Until knowledge, the power it yields.

Children must go to schools to learn;
Youth mustn’t be forced to work and earn;
Let knowledge empower women,
To stand upon their legs, like men!

World leaders must change policies;
For education, all need peace;
Let lives of children be secure;
Terrorism must find its cure!

Usher a world of peace for all;
Literacy is the clarion call;
All nations want to live in peace;
Let wars and terrorism cease!

You shouldn’t ignore the lives of youth;
If nurtured well, they give good fruit;
The wealth of nations is children;
Earth can be changed, be made heaven!

Give children all, the power of ken;
Terrorism’s afraid of the pen;
Bullets can’t silence literate;
To root out terror, educate!

Submitted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Edited: Saturday, July 13, 2013


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Don't try to make a girl a fool
by preventing her from going to school!

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Modified from Malala’a speech at UN, New York
Dedicated to the braveheart, Malala Yousafsai
who stood against Taliban terrorists.
Copyright by Dr John Celes 12-07-2013

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