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Malala Yousafzai calls for education to be top priority

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, as she attends her first day of school just weeks after being released from hospital. 19 March 2013
Image caption Malala goes to school in Birmingham after being flown to the UK for specialist treatment

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban is to lead calls for education to become a top priority in failing states around the world.

Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday by highlighting the plight of others at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 12 July.

It will be her first major public appearance since being shot in 2012.

Malala said the date was an opportunity for young people to tell the world "we will get our education".

The teenager added: "Let us work together for the rights of girls and boys. Let us build schools."

Malala survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in October after being targeted for standing up for her right to go to school in her home country.

Surgeons in Pakistan removed a bullet from her head and she was flown to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

Malala fund

Doctors discharged Malala from hospital in January and she now attends Edgbaston High School for girls in Birmingham.

The schoolgirl has also set up her own charity, the Malala Fund, in conjunction with Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie.

It aims to support the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and around the world.

Several events are due to take place on 12 July, which has been dubbed Malala Day, that will be supported by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and charity Plan International.

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