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Taliban target inspires curriculum

Malala Yousafzai has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy.

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Malala Yousafzai has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy.

WASHINGTON — The 16-year-old Pakistani teen targeted for a Taliban assassination because she championed education for girls has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy.

George Washington University announced Monday that faculty members are creating multimedia curriculum tools to accompany a book recently released by the teen, Malala Yousafzai. Several faculty members will pilot the curriculum early next year for both college and high school instruction.

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Free of charge, the program will focus on themes such as the importance of a woman’s voice and political extremism, the university said.

The tools won’t just look at the teen’s story but also how the same issues get reflected elsewhere, such as when girls face child marriage and pressures to leave school, said Mary Ellsberg, the director of the university’s Global Women’s Institute.

Yousafzai now resides in Britain, where she was flown for medical care. Her memoir is ‘‘I am Malala.’’

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