“I believe that I must get an education to strengthen myself for the fight I will surely have against ignorance and terrorism” (Malala Yousafai)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 was our first official meeting discussing I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban and the chapters we read during the two weeks were chapters one through four. In these chapters Malala creates beautiful imagery of her home in Pakistan called the Swat Valley and her upbringing. She talks of her father and how he grew up compared to his sisters (Malala’s Aunts) and how he came to be the loving and selfless father that she knows. She talks about how her mother and father met, got married and how she was given a strong meaningful name. Malala discusses throughout these chapters the history of her Country and of Swat Valley as well. She describes a wonderful foundation to her life in these first few chapters.

We did a check in and discussed our thoughts of the chapters we read. Here are the processing questions we provided to create critical thinking:

  • Reflection of Malala’s relationship with her Dad? Mom?
  • How do you think her passion for education and women’s rights helped shape who she became?
  • What are some causes we care about? Are there opportunities available for us to explore that cause and support it?
  • How has your own life events/experiences help to inform/shape who you are now and where you are going?

In preparation for our next meeting we will be reading (or listening) to Chapters 5-8. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 30th from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. via Zoom. The Book Club Blog is here to keep everyone updated in order for anyone to join at any time. So join today!

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“Rather I receive your bullet-riddled body with honor, than new of your cowardice on the battlefield” (Traditional Pashto couplet, Part One - p. 11)

As we continue through the semester, we will make sure to include these items in each post:

  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions webpage to see if we have an answer to any questions you may have. If you don't see your question on there, feel free to send us an email at cwge@unco.edu with your question(s) and we'll add it to our webpage!
  • If you don't have I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban already (don't worry because we didn't either), you can find or gain access to it in many ways. We did a little of the work and put together a document with some options.

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Thank you for your interest in our Fall 2020 book club! If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to reach out to us at cwge@unco.edu. We are excited and hope to see you all at the next meeting!

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