Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

I am Malala Yousafzai

I am strong and brave.
I wonder if I can go to school.

I hear boys giggling.
I see boys going to school.
I want to go to school.
I am strong and brave.

 

I pretend I’m not sad.
I feel scared but determined.
I touch the books I learned from.
I worry that I will never go to school.
I cry when I think of girls not going to school.

I am strong and brave.

 

I understand that boys only go to school.
I say, “Girls need an education.’’
I dream in the future everyone can go to school.

I try to go to school.
I hope people will hear my words.
I am strong and brave.