Belmont’s Young Ladies Attend the He Named Me Malala Premiere at LA Live
By Jocelin Alvarado
A group of Belmont students were excited to attend a sneak peek of He Named Me Malala at LA Live’s Microsoft Theater. Work-Based Learning Coordinator Sarah Flynn spearheaded this tremendous opportunity for members of Belmont’s Feminist Club, in addition to offering the experience to other females on campus who had an interest in learning about Malala Yousafzai’s extraordinary life.
Malala Yousafzai is an activist for female education. The film He Named Me Malala explores the unfairness of the education pyramid in her country. Malala was shot by the Taliban because she had the courage to speak up about every female’s right to an education. The film follows her struggle to have her voice heard on an international stage and Belmont students were in awe over her incredible accomplishments. Belmont student Monique Gaspar commented about the lesson she walked away with after the screening. “She made me appreciate what I have a lot more,” said Gaspar.
Title III Coach Dr. Nury Arrivillaga also attended this historic event for Belmont’s girls and noted the importance of the experience. “They saw that they too can become important in their world,” explained Arrivillaga. “They learned that education is not available everywhere like it is here.”
The film also highlighted the importance of the worth of females. According to Dr. Arrivillaga, it is crucial that girls “remember how important they are and listen to their dreams.”
Look for additional reactions from the event in the Senior Edition of The Sentinel.
photograph credit to America Lopez