On Thursday we aim to get students exploring the issue of democratic learning and students’ rights to education. By watching a video from a youth activist, Malala Yousafzai, students will engage with concepts related to gaining stake in their education. We will be facilitating a discussion about the nature of education rights, and whether students have stake in deciding what they’re learning and how.
We hope that by encouraging students to articulate what it is they think is valuable to learn, and whether that is what they are actually learning in the classroom, they will grow more conscious of the limits of education in the classroom. We hope it will give our students a critical perspective on their own education so they can begin to further grapple with and challenge other issues that may arise later.
Malala Yousafzai’s biography: Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai first came to public attention in 2009 when she wrote an affecting BBC diary about life under the Taliban.
But three years later, in October 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman because of her campaign for girls’ education. She was already well known in Pakistan, but that one shocking act catapulted her to international fame.
She survived the dramatic assault, in which a militant boarded her school bus in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley and opened fire.
She has been named one of TIME magazine’s most influential people in 2013, put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize and has reportedly secured a $3m (£2m) book contract for her life story.