Letters to Malala Yousafzai

A group of my seventh and eighth grade intermediate ESL students  felt shocked and outraged after reading an article about the Taliban’s attack on 14-year-old award-winning activist, writer, and student Malala Yousafzai. They decided to write her letters in order to wish her a speedy recovery and to ask questions and express their feelings.

Quddus’s Letter to Malala: “I felt sorrow, I was weeping for your recovery.”

Diligence’s Letter to Malala: Human Rights

 

Muslim student Nadira felt compelled to explain the differences between her understandings of Islam and the images conveyed by the Taliban via the media. 

page 2 of Nadira’s letter

Angely’s Letter, page 1

Angely’s Letter, page 2: asking questions about regret

Mariah’s Letter to Malala: I think the Taliban should suffer.

Angel’s Letter: “You are like the second governor.”

16 thoughts on “Letters to Malala Yousafzai

    • jenniferdines says:

      Hi Ms. Davidson: It was a wonderful experience to learn about Malala and write letters. We sent the letters to the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C. I do not know if or when they will be delivered to Malala, but I figured that the embassy would be interested in promoting positive American and Pakistani communication. I hope that your class decides to write letters! If you photograph or scan them, I would be happy to post them on this site.
      Best,
      Jennifer Dines

      Malala Yousafzai
      c/o Embassy of Pakistan
      3517 International Court NW
      Washington, DC 20008

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  1. Yoshiko Uno-Flukes says:

    Hi, Jennifer I’m a production coordinator currently working on the production of a special TV programme of Malala Yousufzai for a Japanese TV and researching how her bravery has impacted on some people and their actions.
    I saw the letters and videos by your students and thought they are wonderful and I would like to know more how you discuss Malala’s story with your students within the class / school.

    My email address is yoshiko.researchuk@gmail.com
    Is it possible to contact you via email or phone?
    Thank you very much for your kind attention.

    Yoshiko Uno-Flukes

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  2. Amethyst says:

    I am so glad I found this page. I am a veteran teacher, but am teaching ELL’s for the first time, combined with some very low readers. Do you (or does anyone else) happen to know of a lower-lexile version of Malala’s story that I could share with them as background for her speech? Thank you. It’s such an important story and topic.

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  3. siddiqa says:

    My daughter just finished a book on Malala. She wrote a letter and I tried extensively to find a place where she can write / post a letter she has written. I came across your work here so I am going to get her to type her letter here and hopefully she can see it posted here or elsewhere 🙂
    thanks a lot
    Siddiqa Sadiq ( siddiqa.sadiq@gmail.com )

    Dear Malala,
    my name is Ayesha.Im 8 years old.I live in Canada I’m Pakistani.What I loved in your book is that you have confidence in yourself to beat the Taliban.And what I did not like is that the Taliban tried to kill you.Oh and by the way I’m also Pashtun.And I live in Chateauguay.I hope that I get to meet you one day.When I grow up I want to be a doctor.Please write back to me.
    Love Ayesha Rehman.

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  4. Marianna Bewersdorff says:

    Thank you so much for posting the address for Ms. Yousafzi here in the comments that your students sent the letters to Malala. I just had one of my Chinese students write her a letter after reading her autobiography, and she was having trouble finding a mailing address. We are going to try sending it to her there and hope it works! I love that we both teach ELS students and have this letter writing project to help them get excited about reading and interacting with authors. God bless you and your work!

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