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#INSPIRING: George Washington University to build Malala-inspired curriculum

Malala Yousafzai has achieved much in her sixteen years on the planet, not least inspiring millions around the world and spreading the message about the importance of education.

And now the Pakistani teenager targeted by the Taliban for championing girls education has inspired the development of a University curriculum. 

George Washington University announced Monday that faculty members are creating multimedia curriculum tools to accompany a book recently released by Malala.

Several faculty members will pilot the curriculum early next year for both college and high school instruction.  Free of charge, it will focus on themes such as the importance of a woman's voice and political extremism, the university said.

The tools won't just look at the teen's story, but also how the same issues get reflected elsewhere, such as when girls face child marriage and pressures to leave school, said Mary Ellsberg, the director of the university's Global Women's Institute.

"It's going to be really interactive and really encourage students to do ... activities outside of school, it will encourage them to get engaged in the communities and as well to help the Malala Fund directly," Ellsberg said.

The university's Global Women's Institute is partnered with the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization that seeks to ensure girls around the world have access to education.

Malala was shot at point black range whilst on her way to school in October 2012 in Pakistan's restive Swat Valley region. 

She was later flown for specialist treatment to the United Kingdom where she resides. 

In the months after her ordeal she has become a symbol of hope for millions of girls and women, particularly in the developing world, and she has been invited at the United Nations and was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.



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