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What Malala did on her first day at Oxford University?

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Malala Yousafzai, a young human right activist from Pakistan, and the receiver of the Noble peace prize, on Monday, shared her first-day pictures at the Oxford University on her social media account.

5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford. pic.twitter.com/sXGnpU1KWQ

20-year-old, a protagonist of female education, shared the pictures of her laptop, textbook and a pencil, as she begins her degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics.

Her tweet also had some powerful messages for her detractors. She said that five years ago, she was shot in an attempt to sabotage her journey towards attaining education, by Taliban militants. Now, after five years to the day, she is attending her first lecturers at the world’s prestigious educational institute, University of Oxford.

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Soon her Twitter was thronged with appreciation and warm messages from her follower. Most of them hailed Yousafzai’s indomitable spirit against atrocity. She also had a sweet exchange of tweets with her brother, Khushal Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai, rose to public prominence after she started writings blogs for BBC, in which she aggressively raised the issue of female education in her hometown Swat. She was unstoppable despite receiving several death threats from the militants, in the region. In 2009 she was eventually shot in the head when she was coming back to her home in the school van.

She was then treated at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and made the city her home since then. Thereafter she resumed her education and completed her high school from Edgbaston High School in Birmingham.

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Her, proactive participation at United Nation General Assembly Sessions was heavily covered in international media. In her speech and in meetups with the world leaders in the sidelines of UNGA session, she urged the world leaders to play their role in promoting education in their countries.

She also pressed the world leaders in her robust speech that they should be considerate about the education of the refugees in their countries.

However, notable alumni include, former slain Premier from Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as former British Prime Minister, David Cameroon, and his Labour party opponent, Ed Milliband.