Malala goes back to school after Taliban attack

Malala Yousafzai pictured on her way to school in Birmingham this morning.
Malala Yousufzai pictured on her way to school in Birmingham this morning. Photo: Handout

Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for fighting for the right of girls to be educated, has attended her first day of school - just weeks after being released from hospital.

Malala, who was attacked in October last year, took part in lessons at the Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham today.

The 15 year old said going back to school "is an honour for me and it's what I dreamed ... I'm on my way to my dream".

She said returning to classes was her "happiest moment".

ITV News Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall reports:

"I want to learn about politics, about social rights and about the law. I want to learn how to bring change in this world", Malala continued. "I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham".

When Malala was shot on October 9, the bullet entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, "grazing" her brain. It was later removed by surgeons in Pakistan before she was flown to the UK.

She was released from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on February 8 after doctors said she was making a good recovery from her surgery.

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown called it "a great day" for Malala, her family "and for the cause of education worldwide".

By her courage, Malala shows that nothing - not even bullets, intimidation or death threats - can stand in the way of the right of every girl to an education.

I wish Malala and her family well as her courageous recovery continues.

– UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown

While Foreign Secretary William Hague also offered his congratulations, saying he was "delighted" that she had returned to school:

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Delighted that #Malala has started at her new school in Birmingham, continuing the education extremists tried to deny her