Mar 5, 2024 - News

Malala visits Fort Bend ISD school named after her

Photo of Malala in front of a mural that has her quote.

Photo: Courtesy of Fort Bend ISD

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai visited the Fort Bend ISD elementary school named after her this weekend.

Why it matters: Malala Yousafzai Elementary, which opened in 2020, is reportedly the only school in the country named after the champion of education access, per the district.

What happened: On Sunday, Yousafzai visited the school with her father and said she was "over the moon" to finally see the school.

What she's saying: "I could stand here for hours and hours because I don't want to leave this school," Yousafzai told an audience of about 400 invited students, teachers, parents and community members. "I want to be a student again and learn with you all."

  • Before leaving, she told the students, "I want you to believe in dreams, believe in yourself and see yourself as a change-maker of today and tomorrow. You can do it. I can't wait to visit this school again, and again, and again."
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