A DAY of action will be held next month for shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and the 32 million girls worldwide who are not in education.
Saturday November 10 will mark exactly one month since the 15-year-old was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.
The incident happened as she travelled home from school with two classmates in north-west Pakistan.
It has been declared “Malala and the 32 million girls day” and aims to boost international support for girls’ education.
The latest Unesco figures show that 61 million children are not in school of which 32 million of them are girls.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to visit Pakistan on November 10 with a group of education experts at the invitation of President Asif Alie Zardari to discuss how the country can get its three million girls who are not currently in school – and five million children in total – back into the classroom.
Mr Brown, who is a UN special envoy for global education, will present petitions to President Zardari and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon showing support for Malala and calling on the Pakistani government to draw up an education plan.
Nearly one million people have already signed the petitions.
Mr Brown said: “The world – and young people in particular – has shown its revulsion at both the actions of the Taliban and the scandal that leaves 32 million girls globally out of school.
“The time is now to take action to deliver on our promise of universal education.
“I call on all global citizens to make their voice heard from now until the day of my visit to Pakistan on November 10.”
Malala was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham a week ago after being injured in Pakistan, and has since received thousands of goodwill messages.
Doctors at the hospital have said the bullet which struck the teenager just above her left eye had grazed the edge of her brain.
Malala, who was attacked after promoting the education of girls and criticising Taliban militants, was initially treated by neurosurgeons at a Pakistani military hospital before being flown to the UK.
Foreign Secretary William Hague described the shooting as a “barbaric attack”.
The public are being encouraged to show their support for the day of action next month by using social networking sites to post messages.
Malala came to public attention in 2009 by writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban militants who had taken control of the Swat Valley.
The group captured the Swat Valley in late 2007 and remained in control until they were driven out by Pakistani military forces during an offensive in 2009.