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Last day at school for Malala, and first day on Twitter!

19-year-old Malala Yousafzai, is an advocate for girls’ education and women's equality. Photo: Malala Yousafzai / Twitter

Malala Yousafzai, the advocate for girls’ education and women's equality has celebrated her last day at school today and for the first time, took to Twitter tell her supporters.

In a series of Tweets to her 250,000 followers, the 19-year-old said:

"Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me. I'm excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education."

"Next week, I will be back on my #GirlPowerTrip to meet girls in Middle East, Africa & Latin America. Each girl’s story is unique  —  and girls' voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. On and off Twitter, I'm fighting for girls —  will you join me?​"

– Malala Yousafzai / Twitter.

The post was a first for Malala who has never before taken to the social media platform.

In a post this afternoon she simply Tweeted: "Hi, Twitter", a greeting which gained nearly 90 thousands 'likes' and a further 20 thousand 're-tweets'

We're not sure how active Malala intends to be on the social media platform but we expect to see continued and further support for her cause as a result of her profile on the site which has a reported 330 million users worldwide.

Who is Malala Yousafzai?

  • Born 12 July 1997 in Mingora, a town in the Swat District of north-west Pakistan.
  • Her father ran a nearby school and was an outspoken critic of Taliban attempts to restrict education and stop girls going to school.
  • In 2009, Malala begins writing a blog for the BBC's Urdu service about her fears that her school would be attacked.
  • Awarded Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize in 2011.
  • Continues to speak out about the importance of education, despite death threats from the Taliban.
  • On 9 October, 2012, Malala was shot through the head, shoulder and neck by a masked Taliban gunman.
  • She survived the initial attack and was flown to Birmingham in a critical condition.
  • In 2014, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize.