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Malala Yousafzai’s father inspires kids at Toronto school

Children at a Toronto school were paid a visit by the father of a now-famous Pakistani girl who almost died for the education those kids take for granted.

Malala Yousafzai is the young crusader who was shot by a Taliban assailant because she was campaigning for girls’ education and, on Thursday, Secord Elementary School students met her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai.

“As a father in a patriarchal society I did not clip the wings of my daughter,” Ziauddin Yousafzai told the students.

“I accepted her as a free, lovely individual.”

On Yousafzai’s first visit to Canada, he talked about the value of education for everyone and answered questions about how his family recovered after Malala was shot.

“Women get power through education,” he said.

“Education is empowerment. Education is light. Education is freedom.”

Meanwhile, Plan Canada has published a new children’s book called Every Day is Malala Day, and it includes a speech Malala gave last year on her 16th birthday to the United Nations Youth Assembly.