One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai


In many countries, the beginning of September signals the end of the summer and the return to school for many children, teenagers… and teachers. Sometimes they are happy to see their friends and colleagues after the long summer break but sometimes they are feeling nervous about starting somewhere new. For most people, the start of a new school year usually brings new opportunities and new challenges.


We shouldn’t forget that returning to school is also a privilege that is not possible for everybody. One example of this is the brave story of Malala Yousafzai, the activist who became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace prize. Her campaign for female education in Pakistan touched the world and raised awareness of similar problems in other countries.


Another boy who had a hard time at a new school was Auggie. August ‘Auggie’ Pullman is the main character of RJ Palacio’s Wonder. Because of a difficult medical condition, Auggie has been homeschooled by his mother. When he is in fifth grade, his parents decide to send him to a regular middle school. The very first day he is the victim of bullying but finally manages to make friends and enjoy his time at school.



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Illustration by Daniele Fabbri, taken from Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Green Apple Life Skills, Step One (A2)