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Pakistani schoolgirl begins new school in the UK

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 01:40

March 19 - Sporting a new pink backpack and accompanied by her father, Malala Yousafzai returned to school for the first time since she was shot by the Taliban in October. Deborah Gembara reports.

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It's a day Malala Yousufzai has been waiting for. Five months after the Pakistani teenager and advocate for girls education, was shot in the head by the Taliban - she is back in school - only this time in England, not far from the hospital where she had surgery to rebuild her skull. SOUNDBITE: Pakistani Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai saying: "I think it's the happiest moment that I am going back to my school. And today, I would have my books, my bag and I would learn, talk to my friends, I will talk to my teacher and I think there is no important day than this day." Her harrowing ordeal has only made her more determined to prevent others from the same fate. SOUNDBITE: Pakistani Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai saying: "I want to learn about politics, about social rights and about the law. I want to learn how to bring change in this world and how should I work for the happiness and education of girls. Ruth Weeks, Headmistress Of Edgbaston High School for girls gave the 15-year-old a tour of the campus. SOUNDBITE: RUTH WEEKS, HEADMISTRESS OF EDGBASTON HIGH SCHOOL SAYING: "We have very nice girls but they are very normal girls. And I think Malala needs that stability. She herself wants to be a normal teenage girl, and to have the support of other girls around her. Talking to her, I think that's something that she has very much missed during her time in hospital -- the contact with her peer group. It's a sentiment Malala agrees with. SOUNDBITE: Pakistani Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai saying: "Yes I would make new friends and I will also talk to my old friends on phone and yes, I will make new friends. I am very happy because girls here are very nice." Malala is expected to take a full courseload at the school where annual tuition is roughly $15,000. Taliban members have threatened that if Malala returns to Pakistan, they will kill her.

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Pakistani schoolgirl begins new school in the UK

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 01:40

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