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07/16/2013 05:13 pm ET | Updated Sep 15, 2013

Meeting Malala: A Student Reflects on the Best Day Of Her Life

AP

In a rousing speech last Friday at the UN in New York, Malala Yousafzai addressed more than 500 young leaders from around the world at the UN Youth Takeover.

Just a day earlier, I had posted a blog here about Malala Day, which was shared on the Varkey GEMS Foundation facebook page.

Soon after, we received a comment from Zainab Shaukat Ali, a 15-year-old student from GEMS Wellington Academy in Dubai. She had read my blog post and wanted to share her story about meeting her hero, Malala.

Zainab, a recipient of the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Award for Excellence, was recently invited by the Pakistan Ambassador to the UAE, to meet Malala at a private event held in Abu Dhabi.

Noted for her commitment to global education volunteer projects -- including those of our Foundation - Zainab had the chance to share her experiences with Malala.

Click on the video below to hear Zainab's heartfelt praise for Malala and the impact Malala's work and U.N. speech has had on her:

To sign the Malala Petition (a part of the 'A World At School' campaign) click here.