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I am Malala Yousafzai

I am sellfess, strong, and brave.
I wonder why girls can’t go to school?

I hear people talking and yelling at me.

I see a crowd of people.
I want girls like me to go to school.
I am selfless, strong, and brave.

 

I pretend it’s okay to stay home.
I feel disappointed that I don’t get to go to school.
I touch a green book that’s full of words.
I worry that I will never go to school.
I cry when I think of all the girls who want to get an education.

I am selfless, strong, and brave.

 

I understand that everyone has to go to school to learn.

I say “Girls should go to school!”
I dream of every girl going to school.
I try to study really hard.

I hope someday I will go to school.

I am selfless, strong, and brave.