London, Oct 6 (): Buckingham Palace officials said Sunday that Pakistani teenage education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has been invited to an Oct. 18 reception that will be hosted by the queen and her husband, Prince Philip.
The queen and her husband Prince Philip will host the event promoting education in Commonwealth countries on that day. Palace spokesman said that Malala Yousafzai will be attending the Commonwealth Universities and Education Reception at Buckingham Palace.
The other guests at the October 18 event will be talented academics and teachers. The announcement of inviting Malala to the event is the latest in a series of impressive honours for Malala’s campaign for girls’ schooling.
16-year-old Malala angered the Taliban with her public, outspoken and courageous pleas for girls to be educated. It is believed that the Queen was impressed by Malala Yousafzai’s bravery.
Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding education for girls. She had been airlifted to Birmingham for life-saving surgery. Malala has given her first thorough account to the British newspaper of what happened when she was shot on the way home from school in Pakistan a year ago.
Six days later, the teenage activist revealed her terror at coming out of a coma at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with no idea where she was. The teenage girl returned to school in England last March after recovering from her injuries.
She gave a speech at the United Nations in July saying she would not bow to “terrorists” who thought they could silence her.
Her message that all children be allowed to go to school have made her a favourite to win the Nobel Prize which will be announced on Friday 11th October. Other nominees include Colombian President Jose Manuel Santos and Burma’s reformist President Thein Sein among others.