How 1 Teacher Is Using Malala’s Story To Teach Social Values In the Classroom

By:Malaka Gharib

malala“When Montserrat Alonso Alvarez, a teacher and psychologist from Spain, first heard Malala was going to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, she had a flash of inspiration. She would use Malala’s story to educate children about human rights and values like respect, tolerance and responsibility.

“Malala is the perfect hero: a brave, determined and courageous young girl. Somebody who would certainly be the ideal role model for children when learning human values,” says Montserrat.

Malala’s mind map includes the words “justice,” “solidarity,” “liberty,” “women” and even “cupcakes.”

A trained psychologist with more than 16 years of experience, Montserrat developed a special teachers’ guide and curriculum around Malala for her students at the Virgen de la Peña School in Bembibre, Spain, which she showcased on the International School Day of Peace and Non-Violence on January 30. Her material combines art, music, recordings, games and roleplaying to help children ages 6-12 learn valuable social skills.

“What has impressed the children most about Malala’s story is her strength to make decisions, and especially being so mature for her age,” she says. “I find it touching to see their faces when we speak of Malala – their mouths are open, ready to ask questions.” To read further please click here:


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