Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visits Dewsbury school

Malala, winner of a Nobel Peace Prize, visited Carlton J & I in Dewsbury on Tuesday 3 July, to unveil an inspirational quote, and have a question and answer session with pupils.

How did the visit come about?

Malala’s inspirational visit was arrange after a chance conversation when the school headteacher, Rizwana Ahmed Mahmood noticed a pupil had Malala’s autograph on one of her regular classroom walks. Rizwana said:

“I was on my daily walk through the school and when in the year 2 classroom I saw one of the children had Malala’s autograph in his book. When I asked how he had managed to get it, I was amazed to hear she was a family friend.”

From there, Rizwana offered an invite to the school as part of an inspirational visit.

Headteacher, Rizwana’s thoughts on the visit

“As an Asian female leader, I too have faced challenges and can relate in a small way to Malala and share the same aspirations for children to aspire to achieve their goals.

The school has gone from strength to strength. In the last couple of years we have been recognised for our excellent work through the White Ribbon Award, Diversity award, Eco Award and many more. This year I was proud to be personally awarded for excellence in leadership within education and my contribution to the community.

We have also only just received the Engaging Families award and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development gold award. We are the first school in Kirklees to achieve these awards and academically, thanks to the hard working and dedicated staff, we anticipate positive end of year outcomes for our pupils.

This visit is yet another key highlight of our year, and I am sure will be remembered for years to come.”

See pictures from the visit:


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