'It's all Malala, Malala, Malala': Teachers at Nobel Prize-winner's former school angry as others 'ignored'

A picture of Malala on a blackboard at her former school. Credit: Reuters

Despite an overwhelming outpouring of joy in Pakistan, some people in her hometown of Swat Valley have expressed anger that Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize win does not reflect the many other victims of neglect and brutality they face.

At the government-run Girls' High School Mingora - where the teenage campaigner was a student before a Taliban gunman attempted to assassinate her in 2012 - students sit on sacks and sheets as there is not enough furniture.

Pupils at the school in Swat are seen through a hole in the window. Credit: Reuters

Amid the broken windows and dirty walls are a number of angry teachers - not angry at Malala herself, but at the lack of attention paid globally to the terror wrought by the radical group and the conditions that still surround them.

One, Saima Khan, pointed out that three teachers at the school have been widowed by Taliban bomb attacks, yet have received no donations or offers to live abroad as Malala did after her attack.

"It's all Malala, Malala, Malala," she said. "There are hundreds of people who have sacrificed everything and lost everything. No one has given them anything."

Schools across the Swat region remain in poor repair, teachers complain. Credit: Reuters

Troops that arrived to drive out the Taliban five years ago continue to use many schools as barracks and bases, escalating the need for new ones to be built.

Malala's achievements are still a huge source of pride to her former community. Credit: Reuters

But a local politician admits "people are upset at the lack of work" - acknowledging that not one has has been built since the country's new government came to power a year ago.

Ahmed Shah, Malala's former teacher and a close friend of her father, recognises the disillusionment at the lip service paid to Malala's education campaigns, despite no improvement apparently being brought to the region's crumbling schools.