Malala Yousafzai: Don’t Name School for Me

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Malala Yousafzai, 12, lives in the Swat Valley with her family, pictured on March 26, 2009 in Peshawar, Pakistan. She wants to become a politician and is relieved that the schools have re-opened, but is scared that Taliban militants will forbid school for all girls after the 4th grade. In October 2012, aged 14, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived. The militants behind the attack, which was internationally condemned, claimed it was because she promoted secularism.
Malala Yousafzai, 12, lives in the Swat Valley with her family, pictured on March 26, 2009 in Peshawar, Pakistan. She wants to become a politician and is relieved that the schools have re-opened, but is scared that Taliban militants will forbid school for all girls after the 4th grade. In October 2012, aged 14, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived. The militants behind the attack, which was internationally condemned, claimed it was because she promoted secularism. Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images

While we were debating whether Malala Yousafzai — the Pakistani girls'-education-rights activist who was shot by the Taliban outside her school earlier this year — would be the first female Time Person of the Year since 1986 (she wound up losing to President Barack Obama), the 15-year-old was asking Pakistan to reverse its decision to rename a college in her honor. Calling from London, where she is still being treated from gunshot wounds, she made the request so that other students would not be the victims of similar militant attacks, the AP reports. Taliban representatives have said she was targeted for her promotion of girls' education and other Western values, and already students have broken into the school in her hometown to tear down her picture and boycotted classes in her hometown, saying that renaming the college "endangered their lives." Yeah, that's probably not worth "winning" some silly annual magazine publicity drive, either.