Pakistani Schoolgirls Protest Renaming College After Malala

Category: World / Dec 12, 2012 3:21PM EDT
Over 150 female students in Pakistan's Swat region staged a demonstration and boycotted classes at a college for two hours on Wednesday (December 12), after it was renamed in honor of Malala Yousufzai. Angry students could be heard protesting in the college courtyard, throwing mud and tearing down a poster bearing Malala’s image, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban in October after advocating education equality for women. Locals said students felt Malala had nothing to do with the college and the name change could mark it as a target for revenge attacks by the Taliban. Several girls schools across Pakistan have been renamed after Malala since the incident, which saw her flown to the UK for specialist treatment. The protest comes only days after Pakistan's President pledged 10 million USD for girls education to UNESCO in the name of Malala.