Malala Yousafzai returned to school today, thought it wasn't her normal school. The 15-year-old was shot in the head in Pakistan and was transferred to England for specialized medical treatment and protection; yesterday she was finally able to fulfill her dream of returning to school.
"I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity. I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham," she said before entering her new school.
Most likely, her teachers have heard of Yousafzai's incredible story, from the time that the Taliban boarded a bus and specifically shot her in the head to her remarkable recovery. The Taliban targeted Yousafzai because she spoke out about the need for women and girls to be educated and not kept in the home.
Last month she was discharged from the hospital, where she underwent reconstructive surgery on her skull. The surgery reportedly took five hours to complete and left Yousafzai with a titanium skull and a cochlear implant to help her hear, since she was left deaf due to her injuries.
The entire world offered their support to Yousafzai, gathering and offering prayers and encouragement not just to Malala but to her whole family as well. The family has relocated to Birmingham in order to stay safe and has had to adjust their entire lives because of the shooting.
Her father Ziauddin has found work with the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, which will help him provide for his family, according to the Associated Press. It is likely that he and Malala will remain in the country even after she turns 18. The family was immediately taken in and welcomed by the United Kingdom after the shooting.
Yousafzai's school expenses are reportedly being paid for by the state of Pakistan.