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Malala Day petition calls for education rights

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 - 00:42

Nov. 11 - A petition demanding the right to school for every child is handed to the Pakistan High Commission in London on the UN-designated 'Malala Day'. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Representatives from a children's charity presented a petition calling for every child to have the right to go to school to the Pakistan High Commission in London on Saturday (November 10) in support of Pakistani school Malala Yousufzai. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared Saturday as 'Malala Day' - one month after 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai and two of her classmates were shot by the Pakistan Taliban. She had been targeted for speaking out against the insurgency and its efforts to put an end to girls' education. The petition was handed to staff at the High Commission, who posed for photographs with representatives from Plan UK, including 17-year-old David Crone, who handed over the petition, simply titled "#iamMalala". Meanwhile, a vigil was held for Malala at St Paul and St Silas Church in Birmingham, near the hospital where Malala was taken for specialist treatment. Schoolchildren held up letters spelling her name, before lighting candles around a table. On Friday (November 9), former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who is visiting Pakistan as the U.N.'s Special Envoy for Global Education, presented a petition to President Asif Ali Zardari urging the prioritisation of education for all children irrespective of gender.

Malala Day petition calls for education rights

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 - 00:42

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