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August 21st 2013 The young generation have a chance to influence world leaders

National News from United Kingdom by Global Campaign for Education UK

by Sam and Millie, Send My Friend to School Young Ambassadors

When we were asked to attend Malala Day at the United Nations in New York we felt very honoured!

Finally, Malala Day came. It is impossible to convey the emotion that charged the room where 450 young people had gathered from all over the world. As we all fell silent, dignataries from the UN entered with the star of the day among them... Malala!

There was an explosion of sound to welcome Malala to the microphone. Malala's spech was truly inspirational and was one of the most moving speeches we have ever heard.

We hope this event is the first of many, so that we, as the young generation, have a chance to influence world leaders and continue to bring international media attention to this issue. It made us realise how much potential power and influence we can have if we work together. The day will never be forgotten!

We must and will continue to campaign in the UK as a result of the commitments we made at the UN, for children across the world.

Photo: 15 year old Millie Wells and Sam Whittingham outside the United Nations

Read Sam and Millie's blog from New York:

Watch this news clip about Malala Day (Millie and Sam feature in the film about 40 seconds in!):

Read the call to action sent by young campaigners in the UK: