Copies of ‘He Named Me Malala’ will spread the message of social change in classrooms

An education programme is spreading a message of social change through education, by offering schools a free copy of the acclaimed film He Named Me Malala.

The film follows the story of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban at the age of 15 as she returned home from school on a bus in Pakistan.

Malala had been singled out by the Taliban after campaigning for young girls’ rights to an education. She miraculously survived the attack, and has since become a leading campaigner for the cause, winning support on a global scale.

The film is being distributed to schools by the charity Doc Academy, which aims to encourage teachers to use documentaries in the classroom, and claims to work with around 1,000 schools and colleges in the UK. The charity is also providing lesson plans and activity toolkits for teachers.

Lesson plans have been written with English teachers in mind, across KS3, 4 and 5, and are aligned with curriculum assessment objectives.

Sandra Whipham, director of the UK branch of the programme, said: “He Named Me Malala is such a great film for Doc Academy as it focuses on the absolute importance of education for all, and the possibility of real change through action.

“Our resource gives imaginative tasks and activities for teachers to guide students through those thought processes themselves – to explore their responses to a range of social issues.”

Teachers can register for free DVDs of the documentary at the DocAcademy website, here.

Picture: Still from ‘He Named Me Malala’

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