On Thursday, December 6, four MC School for Girls students were honored to attend a Conversation with Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Laureate and internationally renowned advocate for girls’ education. The event was held at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and was presented by the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in conjunction with the Center for Public Leadership.
At the event, Malala discussed her work and was honored with the Gleitsman Activist Award, created in 1993 to honor exceptional leaders and innovators who have sparked positive social change and inspired others to do the same. According to School for Girls Principal Lisa Cenca, many of the issues that Malala advocates for – ensuring access to education, fighting poverty, promoting equality, and ending gender discrimination – are issues that MC girls will examine over the course of their participation in the Leadership Course and Service Capstone project.
The opportunity for MC School for Girls students to attend this event was made possible by MC and Harvard alumnus Joe O’Donnell ’62, who graciously donated the tickets raffled off to the four first-year students, accompanied by Ms. Cenca: Aurelie Neptune, Emma Ryan, Julia Federiconi, and Angie Mejia (pictured above).
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