Education activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will call world leaders at a conference in London this week to help raise $1.4 billion to fund education for children in refugee camps.
There are about 700,000 Syrian children who now live in refugee camps. They are there indefinitely with no schooling.
“I have met so many Syrian refugee children, they are still in my mind. I can’t forget them. The thought that they won’t be able to go to school in their whole life is completely shocking and I cannot accept it,” Malala told Reuters.
“We can still help them, we can still protect them. They are not lost yet. They need schools. They need books. They need teachers. This is the way we can protect the future of Syria.”
Malala will speak with Muzoon Almellehan, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee schoolgirl Malala first met at a refugee camp in Jordan in 2014. Muzoon and her family were resettled in northern England last year where she has been working hard to improve her English, so she can graduate and attend college. It’s her story Malala wants the leaders to hear.
Malala said, “She is the one that I want people to listen to. Her story is so powerful, it’s so inspiring. She’s going to tell world leaders that these children have a right to an education and they must not ignore it.”