Malala returns to school in Britain

AFP-JIJI

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai returned to school Tuesday for the first time since October, when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education.

The 15-year-old said she had “achieved her dream” and was looking forward to meeting new friends at the independent Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, central England, where she is now living. Malala was flown to Britain after the attack for surgery.

“I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity,” she said.

Pictures showed her going to school carrying a pink backpack.

She will be studying a full curriculum in preparation for selecting subjects for GCSEs, the standard exams that English schoolchildren typically take at 16.