In a powerful talk titled 'An optimistic look at the future of girls' education' education activist Malala Yousafzai took part in a virtual conversation to share her thoughts on the current state of girlhood and her dreams for the future of education.
Yousafzai begins by reflecting on her own education, detailing what it was like to graduate from Oxford University in the middle of the pandemic. While the year has been undoubtably uncertain, the recent grad still feels that despite everything, 2020 is a year for hope and change. Throughout the conversation, Malala is joined by moderator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, who thoughtfully mentions that while many want to focus on the rebuilding economy, and finding a vaccine, individuals can use this time as an opportunity to bring about social change, and to empower those disproportionately effected by the virus. Using this as a jumping point, Malala dives into the importance of not relenting after the pandemic is over, emphasizing the importance of continuing to fight and to educate to make a better world for tomorrow.