PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- More than 80 Pleasantville High School students will attend a free screening of "He Named Me Malala," courtesy of the Students Stand with Malala educational program.
Brian Walker of Students Stand with Malala reached out to 35 public and private schools in the Westchester area; Pleasantville was the first to respond and request tickets. Walker also provided educational materials including a film discussion guide, a curriculum guide, a student toolkit, and a link to the organization’s film campaign page.
All of the students attending the screening are enrolled in the school's AP World History and AP English 12 classes.
In preparing for the screening, AP English 12 teacher Gaffney Murray and her class read about and discussed “The Taliban’s War against Women,” from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
Following the screening, Murray said the students will “explore the meaning and significance of some of Malala's important ideas…to show them the importance of education for all students. They will also explore Malala's idea that the pen is our most powerful weapon.”
Social Studies Chair Virginia Mancini noted, “The topic of ISIS, the Taliban, and other groups of Islamic militants is part of both the AP World History and Global History curricula.”
“Malala's story is empowering and inspirational and shows how history has impacted her life and her community and teaches us that everyone should have a right to education. This story connects the past to the present, which is everything the AP course is about," added AP World History teacher Rikki Saperstein.