Leeds City Academy

Meeting Malala

This Summer, Malala Yousafzai is coming to Leeds First Direct Arena. Fifty unique tickets have been released to the White Rose Academies Trust, giving students an opportunity to attend this special event.

On 9th October 2012, as Malala and her friends were travelling home from school, a masked Taliban gunman entered their school bus and asked for Malala by name. She had been blogging about the importance of education, particularly for girls. The Taliban believed girls should not be educated; she was shot with a single bullet to the head, neck and shoulder. Remarkably, she survived.

Malala and her father set up The Malala Fund, which enables girls to complete twelve years of safe, quality education. Malala has become a global advocate for millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors. The fund empowers girls to raise their voices and to unlock their potential.

Executive Principal and CEO of White Rose Academies Trust, Annette Hall, said: “Malala's own story is of course widely known, and my admiration for this singular young woman is immense. The fearless commitment of this one young girl has provided an inspirational example to governments across the world, and shown that the personal can become the political, affecting policy even at the level of the United Nations.”

Now fifty students from across the White Rose Academies Trust will be able to share Malala’s experience at Leeds First Direct Arena.

Ms Chilington, Learning Director for English, explains: "To win a ticket and the chance to have a private audience with Malala, students need to write a letter, no more than 700 words long, describing why it is so important for all young people to have access to a good education. Entry forms are available from coaches, English teachers and from the VLE."