During a Birmingham talk, the 19-year-old education advocate wouldn’t reveal which University had offered her a conditional place.
A UK university has offered Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai an offer to study, Yousafzai told an education conference.
Yousafzai, 19, is currently preparing for her A-Levels at a girls’ school in Birmingham.
She told the attendees of the conference, which was also taking place in Birmingham that she received an offer to study politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) on condition she achieves three As.
The teenager wouldn’t reveal which university made her that offer. Yousafzai was shot by the Pakistani Taliban in 2012 and narrowly avoided death for her outspoken campaigning over girls’ rights to an education.
At the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), she gave the final speech, saying: “I’m studying right now. I’m in year 13, I have my A-Level exams coming and I have received a conditional offer, which is three As, so I need to get the three As, that’s what my focus is right now, and I hope to continue my work and also continue my studies.
“And I’m really thankful to you all for your support for encouraging me for my mission. That’s what makes me and keeps me so strong, so thank you so much for that, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak.”
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Hundreds of delegates gave Yousafzai a standing ovation after she finished her speech. She added that, alongside her degree, she will keep on working for the Malala Fund, saying: “My goal is to make sure every child, girl and boy, they get the opportunity to go to school. It is their basic human right, so I will be working on that and I will never stop until I see the last child going to school.”
The audience laughed at her anecdote; she revealed that she thought she was in trouble when she was called out by the deputy headteacher out of a chemistry class at school when in fact she was informing her that her she was the next Nobel Prize recipient.
“She called me outside and I went and she said: ‘You have won the Nobel peace prize.’ So it was a big surprise, and I said: ‘Thank you.’”