When looking at creating a future learning space to educate girls in the Za’atari refugee camp you don’t have to look far for inspiration. Advocates for girls education such as Malala and Muzoon are determined to make it known that a brighter future begins with an education.
Muzoon is a 14 year old girl who lives with her family in the Za’atari refugee camp. Muzoon spends her spare time going from tent to tent promoting education. She talks with both children and parents about why getting back into the classroom is so important. For her efforts in raising awareness about girl’s education she has been named the “Malala of Za’atari”. This is in reference to another heroic education activist Malala Yousafzai.
In 2012 while Malala Yousafzai travelled home from school on the school bus she was gunned down by the Taliban. This attack was in response to a Blog Malala was writing for the BBC on the right to education. Malala survived this attack and since has achieved extraordinary things as a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, legal, political and economic factors.
Now, along with her father, Malala has created the Malala Fund. This fund has been established to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential and to demand change.
As research and studies continue to show the impact receiving an education can have on a girl’s life for not only themselves and their family but the wider community it is essential that we continue to create and provide opportunities for girls to equally access a quality education in the Za’atari refugee camp.