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'Malala Day' petition handed to Pakistani High Commission

Marie Staunton (left) of Plan UK and UN and Plan UK youth representative David Crone at the Pakistan High Commission in London. Credit: PA Wire

A schoolboy has presented a petition in support of injured Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai on a global day of action for girls' education.

David Crone, a UN and Plan UK youth representative from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, handed the petition to a member of staff at the commission in Knightsbridge this afternoon.

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Gordon Brown: 'Breakthrough moment for Pakistan'

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is in Pakistan today, met two of Malala's friends who were injured in the attack and 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

Boy to hand in Malala petition

A schoolboy will present a petition in support of the injured Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai today on a global day of action for girls' education.

David Crone, 17, will hand in the document, which calls for every child to have the right to go to school, to the Pakistan High Commission in London as part of a drive led by former prime minister Gordon Brown.

Malala Yousafzai was shot by a gunman in Pakistan one month ago. Credit: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

David, of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, a UN and Plan UK youth representative, said: "This is a really important cause - all young people are entitled to the same level of education and no young person should be excluded because of threats or their gender.

"If girls are to receive a good level of education they also need the solidarity of men and boys around the world to achieve it."

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.

Malala is recovering at a hospital in Birmingham after being brought to the UK for treatment a week after the shooting.

Former British PM Gordon Brown declares 'Malala Day'

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has declared today as 'Malala Day' in his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

In an interview with NBC News, the Labour MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath added: "I tell you that no bullets and no bombs and no threats and no intimidation will deter us from wanting every girl and every boy to have their basic fundamental human right that they have a right to education."

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Brown presents petition to Pakistan in honour of Malala

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said: "Today the President of Pakistan has agreed to work with the United Nations to ensure urgent delivery of education for all and to get Pakistan's five million out-of-school children into education for the first time.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive

"On the eve of Malala Day, I presented petitions signed by over 1 million people from the international community in honour of Malala Yousafzai.

"These signatures were joined with another one million signatures collected by Pakistani civil society's One Million Signature Campaign to demand free and compulsory education.

"Another 100,000 signatures from out-of-school Pakistani children have been collected on the way to another million by the end of January".

Malala 'a global symbol' of everyone's right to an education

Malala Yousufzai is a global symbol of every girl's right to an education.

On November 10, citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Malala and on behalf of the 61 million children still not in school.

My special envoy for global education, Mr Gordon Brown, will deliver a petition in support of Malala and the universal right to education. I am adding my voice to the messages from over one million people across the globe. Education is a fundamental human right, it is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship.

Join us in our campaign to put education first for Malala and girls and boys throughout the world.

– Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General

Thousands back Malala for Nobel Peace Prize

A petition calling for Malala Yousufzai to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize has been signed by more than 60,000 people.

The Pakistani schoolgirl is currently being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being shot by the Taliban last month.

Shahida Choudhary, a campaigner for Malala to be given the award, said: "I started this petition because a Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for the right of girls to get an education."

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