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The world marks 'Malala Day' with calls for education for all

Malala Yousufzai is recovering in hospital in Birmingham after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan. Photo: Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A British schoolboy added his support to a former Prime Minster and the leader of the United Nations as he presented a petition to the Pakistani High Commission to mark 'Malala Day'.

David Crone, who is 17 and a UN and Plan UK youth representative from Sunderland, handed over the petition in support of injured Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai on a global day of action for girls' education. The petition calls for every child to have access to education.

Chief Executive of Plan UK Marie Staunton (left) and David Crone (right) outside the Pakistan High Commission in London. Credit: Press Association

Youth representatives worldwide have been handing in the "I am Malala" petition, which has already attracted more than one million signatures.

Today, which has been labelled "Malala and the 32 million girls day", marks exactly one month since the 15-year-old girls' education campaigner was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman as she travelled home from school with two classmates in north-west Pakistan.

ITV News' Adam Fowler reports:

Earlier, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is in Pakistan, met two of Malala's friends who were injured in the attack. He said there was now a real momentum for change in the country.

I believe that in Pakistan, the silent majority is speaking and that there is now a national consensus that the country can delay no longer in ensuring girls and boys have schools to go to and teachers to teach them.

This has been a breakthrough moment for Pakistan and now we must turn Pakistan's new ambitions and popular determination into delivery on the ground.

– Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Mr Brown also announced that three million children in poor families in Pakistan will now receive cash transfers in return for going to school.

He also set a goal with Mr Zardari to ensure that every girl and boy will have a quality education with teachers, books and classrooms by 2015.

Malala and her family photographed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Credit: Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Malala, who was attacked after promoting the education of girls and criticising Taliban militants, is recovering in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being brought to the UK for treatment a week after the shooting.

Doctors at the hospital have said the bullet which struck the teenager just above her left eye had grazed the edge of her brain.

The latest Unesco figures show that 61 million children worldwide are not in school - 32 million of whom are girls - and that Pakistan has the second largest number of girls out of school in the world.

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