Malala Yousafzai was an education activist from her very childhood days. In her hometown in Mingora, Pakistan, she was an activist who raised her voice against illiteracy of women. She attended a school established by Ziauddin Yousafzai, her father. In September 2008, she delivered a speech titled 'How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?
Under a Pseudonym Gul Makhai, Malala started writing for a BBC World News blog about the woes of girls who were denied education by Taliban. However, in December 2009, her real name was revealed. She earned a nomination for International Children's Peace Prize and won Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize in 2011.
"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world."