I had tears in my eyes for the wonderful girl who had sacrificed so much at such a young age and still remains devoted to her cause. The battle for worldwide education has only just begun, and with Malala Yousafzai at the forefront, I know that success is very near.
Education is imperative in developing countries, but even more so for women and young girls. Females are not as valued in many countries across the Middle East, where regions are dominated by radicals.
Malala Yousafzai, the girl the Taliban shot for going to school and who has become the world's symbol for the right of every girl to have an education, will speak at the United Nations on her sixteenth birthday today.
Malala Yousafzai may be one of the best-known students in the world, but she is also a teacher. This month she will mark her 16th birthday by coming to the United Nations and sharing an important lesson about education -- particularly for girls around the world.