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A new elementary school in Texas is to be named after Pakistan’s social rights activist Malala Yousafzai in order to honor her mission to promote education globally. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Fort Bend Independent School District’s (ISD) board of trustees on Monday.
Veronica Sopher, the chief communication officer of FBISD told a private media outlet that the board is proud to name the school after someone who is dedicated to education as “it is a fundamental right for everyone”. An official statement issued by FBISD Superintendent of School Dr. Charles Dupre called Malala Yousafzai a “true advocate for education.”
More than 100 names were submitted for consideration to the committee that was comprised of district teachers, parents, and students, community members, staff and a board member. “Fort Bend ISD is proud to name Malala Yousafzai Elementary in honor of a true advocate for education,” Dr Dupre added.
“Through her compassion for others and servant leadership, Yousafzai is an embodiment of these characteristics, which we are trying to instil in our students,” Dr. Dupre added. The school is expected to open in January 2020.
Malala Yousafzai’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai has expressed pleasure over the news. He added that students could take inspiration from this as Malala’s name is known worldwide.
“For a school to be associated with Malala’s name, it just shows that the spirit of education is being wholeheartedly promoted,” he added. “I hope that these students will be given the best-quality education in the new Malala Yousafzai Elementary School.”
“No child should think they are held back from educational opportunities because of their community, gender or background,” he noted.
He said we cannot make any promises if the family will be able to attend the inauguration ceremony of the school, however, he stated that “should we receive an invitation and are in Texas or nearby, we would definitely love to attend and meet these amazing people.”