Malala speech at Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony


London: 30 July 2022: Activist Malala gives moving speech at Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony
Malala said every child deserves the chance to “pursue her wildest dreams”
"When I first came to this city, I had never heard its name but I would come to understand it through the doctors and nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital," said Malala when addressing the crowd during the Opening Ceremony.
"Through the teachers who inspired me at school, helped my mother to learn English and taught my little brothers to drive.
"To the library of Birmingham, through the friends I have made, from my best friend Ellen, a life-long Brummy - to the families that have come here from Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Pakistan and beyond.
"Tonight teams from 72 countries and territories join the people of Birmingham to celebrate friendship across borders.
"The young athletes who will compete over the next few weeks represent millions of girls and boys across the Commonwealth - our shared hope for the future.
"A future where every child can go to school, where women are free to participate in society, where families can live in peace and in dignity.
"Over the next two weeks when we watch the incredible athletes of the Commonwealth Games, remember that every child deserves the chance to reach her full potential and pursue her wildest dreams.
"And now, it is my honour to say welcome to Birmingham."

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