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Malala finishes school and joins Twitter

Teenage Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has left school after completing her A-levels – announcing the event in her first tweet.

The young activist said her achievement was “bittersweet” given that millions of girls around the world may never get to complete their education.

Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for campaigning for girls’ education in her native Pakistan.

She had been studying at school in Birmingham where she was treated after the shooting.

“Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter,” she wrote on her newly opened @Malala account, which gained hundreds of thousands of followers within hours.

In a thread, she said: “Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me.

“I’m excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education.”

She promised to continue “fighting for girls”, both on and off Twitter.

Malala, who turns 20 this month, has been offered a place at Oxford University.

She has chosen to study philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), a prestigious course that has produced many UK politicians and world leaders, including Pakistan’s late prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Malala was just 15 when she was shot on her way home from school for publicly opposing the Taliban’s ban on the education of girls.

She has gone onto become a global campaigner, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

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