Malala Joins Twitter on Her Final Day of High School

Malala Yousafzai
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Despite what millennials may say, Twitter isn’t going to get you that sparkly diploma. Just ask 19-year-old women’s equality pioneer Malala Yousafzai, who abstained from social media distraction until Friday, her last day of high school.

“Hi Twitter,” she wrote as her first-ever message on the platform. Of course, this is Malala, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning education activist so, naturally, there’s more to her Twitter announcement than a simple hello.

Across six messages, she wrote, “Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter. Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me. I’m excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education,” she said.

“Next week, I will be back on my #GirlPowerTrip to meet girls in Middle East, Africa, & Latin America. Each girl’s story is unique—and girls’ voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls—will you join me?”

How could you say no to Malala? The household name is referring to the global adventure she’s taken to help girls in underprivileged countries find education through the Malala Fund. In a blog post on the fund’s site, she expressed her gratitude for her education a reminder to us of her brutal experience with the Taliban.

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“I have often said that I share my story not because it is unique—but because it is not. The fear I had then is still felt today by 130 million out-of-school girls around the world,” she wrote. I was able to continue my education when the situation in my hometown got better, but I will never forget how it felt to have my future taken away from me.”

This is one account you’ll definitely want to follow.

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