LONDON: Out of view of tourists and the media, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is building a girls school in Pakistan, in a hill town not far from where she was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for going to school.
The school being built will occupy land in picturesque surroundings in northwest Pakistan.
Though one might expect the school to be named after Malala, it will apparently be called Kapal Kor Girls School.
Kapal Kor, which means “my home” in Pushto, is the name of an NGO in the Swat river valley granted money by the Malala Fund.
The foundation has received donations from such luminaries as the actress Angelina Jolie and from the Hillary Clinton Foundation.
People in Swat often refer to Malala as “our little girl” who has made her way to the halls of the United Nations and the U.S. Congress.
At the age of 15, Malala was shot in the head at point blank range by a Taliban gunman while returning from “Khushal School and College” in Mingora, the main city in Swat. The school is one of a chain of schools in the region run by Malala’s family.
Malala was targeted for defying a Taliban ban on educating girls, and for writing a diary for the BBC about Taliban rule in Swat.
The school had 800 children in 2012 when Malala was attacked, and has just half that number now.
As many as 400 schools in Swat and nearby tribal areas have been destroyed by the Taliban.