Weapons of Mass Instruction
‘Weapons of Mass Instruction’
‘Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.’
“The terrorists tried to stop us,” she said. “Neither their ideas nor their bullets could win. We survived. And since that day, our voices have grown louder and louder.”
Why is it that countries which we call “strong” are so powerful in creating wars but are so weak in bringing peace?
Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard?
Why is it, why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so hard?
Then, in this 21st century, we must be able to give every child quality education.
Let this be the last time that a girl is forced into early child marriage.
Let this be the last time that we see a child out of school.
Let this end with us.
Let’s begin this ending…. together…. today….. right here, right now. Let’s begin this ending now.’
(Excerpts from Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Lecture, Oslo, 10th December 2014)
Judy Bourke 2015