I am so proud of my Time Travelers students, who are featured today on the Malala Yousafzai Fund Blog for the beautiful and inspirational Malala dolls we made in class. Every voice, big or small, makes a difference – and I am so lucky to work with such truly spectacular children who will, no doubt, take the world by storm.
You can visit the website at here, or read the article below! Thank you so much to my students and to the Malala Fund for promoting social change, empowering girls and inspiring a generation of young people!
Meet the Class that Made Dolls for Girls’ Education(originally published Dec. 14, 2015, The Malala Fund Blog,)
Ms. Katie looked around at her class of eager 1st – 5th year students and asked, “Does anyone know who Malala Yousafzai is?” The children stayed quiet and looked around the room, until one boy gently announced, “Something terrible happened, but she didn’t let it stop her,” seeming to not want to spoil the story for his peers.
This California classroom lead by Ms. Katie is a 12-14 week after school enrichment program called “Time Travelers World History,” where students learn about a famous person in history and create an art project around what they learned. Ms. Katie decided that Malala’s story would be a perfect way to learn about something fresh, teach them how strong women can be and understand the importance of girls’ education.
Students from Ms. Katie’s after school program holding the dolls they made.
The kids were completely enthralled by Malala’s story, but it took them the longest time to understand why girls in other parts of the world were not allowed to go to school. When they finally could wrap their heads around it, they were even more amazed.
“They loved the ‘one pen’ quote. The notion that any or all of them have the capacity to bring their special gift to the world and capture that same electricity at any age was so inspiring to them,” said Ms. Katie. We think they got the message loud and clear. One of her students Riley, age 10, mentioned, “I loved Malala’s story… It makes me want to go somewhere besides California and help with something BIG.”
Fabric dolls the class made and one of the notes attached
Inspired by the idea that Malala’s story is representative of more than 60 million girls out of school, the class handmade beautiful faceless fabric dolls and each student attached a note to Malala on them explaining why they were inspired by her story and why they think its important for girls to go to school.
Even better, the children went home and told their friends and family, and they all had the opportunity to see the HE NAMED ME MALALA film in theatres. One parent was so thrilled to see Malala’s story lead to her young son asking about women’s issues at the dinner table. The mother said, “Sometimes I forget to discuss some of these issues with my sons…[now] I realize how important it is to have these conversations. I want them to be part of the change.”
Our young supporters mean the world to us. It warms our hearts and drives us to work harder when we hear responses from girls like Kate, age 10, who knows that, “Girls are strong because they faced a lot of problems in history, but they didn’t let that discourage them!”
This is exactly what the movement for girls’ education is all about. We want young people to recognise the issues facing girls, realise that their voices can have real impact and be inspired to take action.
Learn how you can raise your voice and take a stand #withMalala for girls around the world