For their final lesson, I wanted my 6th grade students from Jeju Island, South Korea, to learn firsthand about the most important words you can say to another person:
With that in mind, I set out to find people in the world who are worth thanking. Of all the people who better the world as activists, artists, astronauts and beyond, a few stood out.
And none so much as Malala Yousafzai.
Who is Malala?
Before anything else, I gave my students the brief second-language summary of why Malala Yousafzai has become such an important figure in education and women’s rights. Here is that summary, in all its ESL succinctness:
When Malala was fourteen years old, the Taliban said girls in her village could not go to school. Malala went anyways.
Two men from the Taliban walked onto Malala’s school bus, and shot her in the head…
But Malala survived. Since then, she has worked hard to make sure that girls all around the world get to go to school.
“Is she a hero?” I asked my class.
“Yes,” they answered immediately.
I promised my students that I would send their message towards Malala, but beyond posting it on facebook, I’m not quite sure how to do that.
This is where I need your help: let’s get this video on fan pages. On facebook walls. On…I don’t even know. But maybe you do.
Because kids, in school, thanking the girl who almost died to make sure that that can happen everywhere in the world? That’s cool. These kids are cool.
I’ll let my students take it from here.
Any tips on where I could put this video? Please tell!