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Malala Is Going to Oxford University!

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As nervous A-level students across the country discover their results today, there is at least one who is very happy with the outcome. 

Malala Yousafzai has revealed that she will be heading to the University of Oxford, one of the best universities in the world, to study politics, philosophy, and economics. 

The UN Messenger of Peace discovered this morning that she had met the grades required, and announced her excitement on Twitter. 

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The 20-year-old has come a long way from her home in northwest Pakistan, which banned girls from attending school.

She gained international renown at age 15 after being shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban, who had occupied her hometown, for fighting for women’s rights to education. 

After being flown to Britain for treatment, she began attending school in the country. 

But this is just the latest in a long string of achievements for the young activist. At just 11, she wrote a “Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl” for BBC Urdu, in which she wrote about her fight to stay in school after the Taliban occupied her hometown and banned education for girls. 

After the Taliban were driven from the area, she was able to begin publicly campaigning for gender equality and for women’s right to education. 

At age 17, she won the Nobel Peace Prize. She also started a multi-million dollar advocacy fund called the Malala Fund , which fights for every girl’s right to complete 12 years of “free, safe, quality education.” 

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After finishing school last month, she joined Twitter, and has already gathered 776,000 followers. After joining, she tweeted about her “bittersweet” feelings of finishing school. 

“Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me," she wrote. "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.”

“Each girl’s story is unique — and girls’ voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality."