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People who do not live under a rock know who Malala Yousafzai is, what she does, and why she was the joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

Not many have heard from her father. He is an extraordinary educator who has a lesson and reminder for educators and parents alike:

People ask me, what special is in my mentorship which has made Malala so bold and so courageous and so vocal and poised? I tell them, don’t ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that’s all.

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In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan for being a girl who wished to pursue an education. (For some background, watch the video above or read this BBC article.)

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Last week this 16-year-old delivered a talk at the United Nations to highlight the educational plight still shared by children in different parts of the world.

It is a sobering video. It puts our first world problems about schooling and education into perspective. While we argue about the role of ICT or the relevance of current assessments, Malala talks about safe access to school. She talks about access to books, pens, and teachers.

I wonder what else she might have said if she had used OLPCs or slates. Educational technologies that allow learners to consume, create, and connect with expertise anywhere in the world are powerful weapons against the ignorance she is fighting against.

The pen can certainly be mightier than the sword. But these days, the finger swipe and type are even more powerful. Some folks still do not realize this or refuse to recognize this. That plight is my fight.

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