Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Pakistani Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai has completed her graduation from the esteemed Oxford University in the UK. The twenty-two-year-old took to Twitter announcing her latest achievement.
Malala, who attended Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall College, studied for a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. As the global pandemic continues to shut colleges and universities across the globe, Malala commemorated her success with her family at home. She shared photographs of the celebration on her social media platforms, where she is covered in confetti, cake, and foam from top to bottom – a tradition called ‘trashing’ for the Oxford students on completion of their final exams. In the other photo, Malala is surrounded by her parents and brothers with a decorated cake which says – ‘Happy Graduation Malala’.
“Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree at Oxford,” she tweeted.
“I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep,” she added in the tweet.
Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford. I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep. 😴 pic.twitter.com/AUxN55cUAf
— Malala (@Malala) June 19, 2020
On her Instagram stories, she wrote ‘unemployed’ and also asked for Netflix recommendations.
In 2012, at the age of fourteen, Malala was targeted by the extremist Taliban group while she assiduously campaigned for rights to girl’s education in Pakistan – an act denounced by the Taliban. She was shot in the head by a gunman on a bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, while returning from school.
Given the severity of her wounds, Malala was airlifted from Pakistan to the English city of Birmingham for her medical treatments. Soon after the miraculous recovery from her near-death injuries, she and her family moved to the UK. Malala went on to continue her schooling from Edgbaston High School in Birmingham.
At seventeen, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her relentless education advocacy in 2014. She has become a global symbol of the resilience of women in the face of repression, through her non-profit organization Malala Fund. Co-founded with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, the Trust aims to fight and ensure girl’s education with a special focus on Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Syria, and Kenya.
In 2017, Malala announced she would be attending The University of Oxford for her bachelor’s degree, following the footsteps of her role model and Oxford alumni – Benazir Bhutto.
Thousands expressed their goodwill and congratulated Malala on her newest milestone. The NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who studied in England – tweeted: “Congratulations on your graduation Malala! For so many, higher education is the start of great things. For you, great things preceded it and I can only imagine the even greater ones to follow. The world is lucky to have you on it.”
Former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, himself an Oxford grad wrote: “Congratulations Malala! You had already achieved more than most do in a lifetime before you even began at Oxford, but completing PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) exams is no small thing and will serve you well as you continue to inspire and lead.”
Featured Image Via Malala Yousafzai’s Twitter.