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Kwa-Zulu-Natal learners attend screening of “He Named Me Malala”

UNICEF South Africa/2015/Okunu
© UNICEF South Africa/2015/Okunu
A student from Mowatt Park High School at the film screening, Durban, 7 November.

Durban, 7 November 2015 - UNICEF was pleased to bring 140 learners from rural and peri-urban schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) to a viewing of the acclaimed documentary, “He Named Me Malala”. Thanks to the support of 20th Century Fox, UNICEF was able to screen the story of the remarkable activist Malala Yousefzai for young people from under-resourced communities in the province.

Working with partner organisations in KZN, UNICEF arranged for learners and educators from 7 different schools to be brought by bus to the venue, a popular shopping centre outside Durban. Despite some of the schools being a four-hour drive from Durban, there was an appreciation for what was a morning of reflection, learning and empathy.

The energetic and spirited audience reacted positively to the film and the lessons it imparted. In his address, Sudeshan Reddy, Communication Specialist at UNICEF, reminded the learners of the struggles that many go through to access an education and how it should not be taken for granted.

The reality is that financial and geographical constraints mean that the majority of learners in South Africa may not have the chance to watch this powerful documentation of a remarkable life. UNICEF was pleased, thanks to the support of 20th Century Fox, to have been able to reach at least some of these young people and their testimonies below reflect the success of the screening.

“The movie reminded me that school and education is the key to success”,
Sboniso (age 16), Phindavele High school, KZN

“I found the film both entertaining and powerful and it reminds us that brave girls like Malala fight for all of us," Wendy (age 17), Zwelibanzi High School, Umlazi

“Thank you to UNICEF and 20th Century Fox for an enriching experience”,
Mr N.E. Cele, Principal, Phindavele High School, KwaZulu-Natal





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