Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Gold For

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Gold For

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Malala Yousafzai EVERY week I award a gold star to a child of my choosing. The child in question may be real or fictional, historic or current, and the award may be for a specific act or a wider body of work. Basically they are my stars and I'll give them to whoever I choose, assuming I don't stick them all to the lounge telly first.

I TAKE it as a given that when I'm five years old I'll be going to big school like my Big Bro Fred.

I'm already following in his footsteps at nursery twice week and I'm taking it for granted that fulltime education is round the corner. Once there I'm sure there'll be mornings I'll not fancy pulling on a uniform, and it's on days like these that reluctant schoolgirls need to spare a thought for this week's Gold Star winner, and youngest ever nominee for a Nobel Peace prize.

Malala Yousafza was born in Pakistan 16 years ago this Friday, and grew up in a town called Mingora with her parents, her two younger brothers and their two pet chickens. …

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