A wounded Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Sherin Zada)
By EDITH M. LEDERER
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, has called on world leaders to provide free compulsory schooling for every child in a U.N. address timed to coincide with her 16th birthday.
Speaking to youth leaders from more than 100 countries, she called for "a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism."
"Let us pick up our books and our pens," she said. "They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution."
The U.N. has declared her birthday July 12 "Malala Day."