By Luana Mattos, Guest BloggerJuly 16, 2015
Malala turned 18 on July 12th, and she had one wish.
She wants us to show world leaders that we choose #BooksNotBullets
Post a photo of yourself holding up your favorite book and share why YOU choose #BooksNotBullets - and tell world leaders to fund the real weapon for change, education.
This action made me wonder how we have got to the point of fighting against each other using guns. That's not the way I want to fight. I want to fight with my voice, with my words, not with my body. I have never raised a hand against another human being, except when I was a child. This was before education, before I learned that there were other ways to fight a good fight, and that people didn’t have to get hurt just so I can make a point.
To celebrate her 18th birthday Malala and the Fund opened a school for child refugees of the Syrian civil war in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. As a child Malala lived under war and conflict, now as an adult she stands for girls that are still under the threat of extremists.
Why? Why are we turning against our own race? Don't they know we’re all part of one big family? The fact that, among all these 7 billions of people on Earth and the hundreds that have lived before us, none of us share the same fingerprint should remind us just how unique we are. It should remind us that all hands together are capable of creating something so beautiful and so wonderful that it overpasses our understanding! I believe that if we choose books over bullets we may be able to witness this!
“The shocking truth is that world leaders have the money to fully fund primary AND secondary education around the world - but they are choosing to spend it on other things, like their military budgets. In fact, if the whole world stopped spending money on the military for just 8 days, we could have the $39 billion still needed to provide 12 years of free, quality education to every child on the planet,” says Malala.
image via twitter.com
“I chose 'The Diary of Anne Frank' because the book reveals the courage and strength of a young girl living under war and conflict. It inspires me to believe that every child deserves the right to dream, the right to learn and the right to live in peace. I urge world leaders to prioritize education because education is the only way through which we can defeat terrorism, fight against poverty and bring peace and prosperity.”
Have you heard of Malala's movement? What book will you post on social media? Tell us below?
Luana is Christian girl whose faith inspires her to be the best version of herself every day. Besides her work as an administrative supervisor, she is a freelance journalist and writes a column about real life experiences, focusing on topics relevant to social projects, volunteer work, and awareness campaigns for the Brazilian website www.hollywoodeaqui.com. She also had the opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, Wm. Paul Young and L. J. Smith.
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