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Malala Yousafzai: Literacy rates in Pakistan

Statistics the 16-year-old activist is hoping to change

Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai, 16, believes every child deserves an education. In her home region of Swat Valley, Pakistan, the Taliban have tried to prevent advancements in education by blowing up schools and preventing young women from receiving any education. Girls are forced to hide their books, hoping they will not be harassed.

Last year, the Taliban shot Malala in the head at close range for speaking out. She made a full recovery and continues to spread her message. She helped establish the Malala Fund, which helps to promote further education. Literacy rates remain shockingly low in Pakistan. The infographic below displays some of the figures.

By Elaine Wong and Duk Han Lee

Sources: Wall Street Journal, UNICEF, UNESCO

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