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Malala Yousafzai’s Life Lessons Become Teaching Tools for Students Across the World

George Washington University Global Women’s Institute Launches Resource Guide at Panel with Malala’s Father Ziauddin Yousafzai

November 13, 2014
Emily Grebenstein: 202-994-3087, [email protected]
Steven Taubenkibel: 202-994-0817, [email protected] 
WASHINGTON—The George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute (GWI), in partnership with the Malala Fund and Little, Brown and Company, on Thursday launched a free, online resource guide for university classrooms to accompany the 2013 memoir, “I Am Malala,” which chronicles Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s efforts to promote girls’ education. 
“This resource guide embodies what Malala stands for: access to education,” said Mary Ellsberg, director of GWI. “Our hope is that the guide proves to be more than a semester-long agenda for teachers and students. We want this to be a tool for the next generation of global citizens.” 
The resource guide officially launched Thursday at an event hosted by GWI. The event included opening remarks from Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, and Ms. Ellsberg. Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, participated in a panel with Mr. Yousafzai discussing women’s issues and adolescent girls’ education. Lois Romano, editor of POLITICO events, moderated one of the panels. 
“We are pleased to partner with the George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute and Little, Brown and Company on the resource guide, a wonderful education tool with the power to activate young minds and start a dialogue about the millions of girls around the world who are unable to go to school,” said Ziauddin Yousafzai, chairman of the Malala Fund. “It is our hope that Malala’s story will inspire the next generation of leaders in the global fight for education for all girls and boys.”
The guide focuses on eight themes: 
Memoir as literature and history
Education: a human right for girls
Cultural politics, gender and history in Malala Yousafzai’s “I Am Malala”
Religion and religious extremism
Malala and violence against women and girls
Malala leadership essay
Malala and the media
Global feminisms: speaking and acting about women and girls
The guide is designed so that faculty members in any discipline can choose the themes that apply and teach the book in class. An interdisciplinary group of GW faculty members from the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the University Writing Program and women’s studies and religious studies programs in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences designed the guide. Already, faculty have used the guide in courses offered in the fall 2014 semester and as part of the Women’s Leadership Program at GW.
“Something we started talking about a lot was how we get people talking about this beyond Malala herself,” said GW student Nicole Alanko, who is enrolled in one of the classes implementing the guide. “We need it to stick that there are millions of girls around the world who aren’t in school. I think what’s been great about Malala’s continued success is that we are talking about it. And with this curriculum, we will still be talking about it. Not only has it empowered me, but it has empowered our class and added another bit of the story of women’s rights and human rights around the world.”
GW faculty members are working on another version of the guide for high school teachers. It will be available in 2015.
The resource guide and individual themes are available for download free of charge on a companion website. The guide includes a preface written by Mr. Yousafzai and thoughts by Jahan Zeb, advisor to Mr. Yousafzai at The Malala Fund. 
Multimedia Resources
Click here for photos of GW students showing their support for Malala.
Click here for b-roll and interviews of GW students and faculty involved in courses using the resource guide. Password (case-sensitive): Malala2014.
Global Women’s Institute
The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University launched in 2012 as part of a university-wide initiative to advance gender equality through interdisciplinary research, education and civic engagement. GWI leads and supports projects that will make a difference in the lives of women at home and around the world by promoting research that strengthens the global knowledge base on gender, investing in education that prepares the next generation of leaders and advocating for civic engagement to influence policymakers and raise awareness of women’s issues.
Little, Brown and Company
Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Founded in 1837, Little, Brown has long been recognized as a publisher committed to fiction of the highest quality and nonfiction of lasting significance. Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest trade and educational publisher in the world.
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