We are high school students in a Grade 12 Canadian and World Politics class from St. Charles College in Sudbury, Ont.
Our class focuses on global issues, as well as Canadian politics and the events that recently occurred in Pakistan have greatly touched us.
As proud Canadians, we understand the importance of a good education and we value equal rights. We decided to reach out to you because we want to express our concern for the young girl who took a stand for what she believed in.
Malala Yousafzai was simply defending her rights and the rights of females everywhere to an education. We admire her bravery and commitment, and commend her actions.
Without education, we would not be able to move forward as a civilization. Equal access to that education should be easily accessible to anyone who desires it.
Furthermore, one should not feel threatened or harmed, be it physically or emotionally while attending school.
We commend the Pakistani government for their efforts so far in dealing with the matter, and encourage them to continue their search in bringing those responsible to justice.
We believe the message should be sent to those who try to curtail human rights that their deed will not go unpunished and will not be tolerated by governments that value their children.
As young Canadian citizens, we understand that education is an integral part of all civilized societies, and is important if we wish to develop future international leaders.
If the world is to have a better and peaceful future, it lies in the hands of its children. We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to read and to respond to this letter, and allowing our voices to be heard.
Please pass on our message to Malala, her family and friends and relay that our thoughts and well wishes are with them during this difficult time. She is not alone in this battle.
Andrea Battistuzzi, Julia Furlotte, Jamie McDonald,
Kimberley McDowell, Brandon Paquette, Danielle Provencher,
Cassandra Schlosser, Sarah Soulliere, Cole Thomson
and Samantha Valenius