The president of Pakistan is to be presented with a petition with more than one million signatories, urging him to make education available to all children, irrespective of gender.

The huge document will be delivered to Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday by former British prime minister Gordon Brown, in his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Mr Brown has declared Saturday "Malala Day", in tribute to the teenage girl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman as she made her way home from school in north west Pakistan.

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Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen

Malala Yousafzai was flown to Britain for specialist treatment at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital after escaping death by inches when the bullet "grazed" her brain on 9 October.

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has backed Mr Brown's campaign. In a video message on the UN's website, he said: "Malala Yousafzai is a global symbol of every girl's right to an education.

"On 10 November, citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Malala and on behalf of the 61 million children still not in school.

"I am adding my voice to the messages from over one million people across the globe. Education is a fundamental human right. It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship."

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Malala has received thousands of gifts and messages of support

The attack on the 15-year-old - whose "crime" was to promote education for girls - has gained attention around the world.

Celebrities including Madonna and Angelina Jolie have publicly thrown their support behind the teenager and there are growing calls for her to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.

On Friday Malala's father issued a statement of thanks on behalf of his daughter.

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Ziauddin Yousafzai said: "She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being.

"We deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all caste, colour and creed."

Malala was only 11 when she started documenting how difficult it was to get an education: "I dreamt of a country where education would prevail," she wrote.

Her anonymous blog, first published by BBC Urdu, documented Taliban atrocities committed in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and saw the schoolgirl receive international praise.

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Mr Brown said:

"Many are asking what they can do to show support. My response: what can you not do?

" First, we all must add our names to the petitions so that more than one million people from around the world have declared their support, by visiting www.iammalala.org. Governments across the world must know that in the 21st century we will no longer tolerate keeping children out of school.

"Second, we must tell our friends to lend their voice by tweeting and posting "I am Malala" on our Facebook pages, and encouraging more to lend their voices to our petition. This is our moment to support Malala and we need to show her we are all here to continue her fight.

"And third, on 10 November, when I travel to Pakistan as the UN Special Envoy, we need to show that the world is in solidarity with ensuring education for all children in the country. The public must mobilise with local events and social media campaigns to show that we all are Malala.

"The last day of 2015 is our deadline to ensure that all children are in school. The campaign has been renewed because of the public outcry at what happened to Malala. And now the campaign can only be realised with your action.

"Malala may lie in hospital and she may have been silenced for now - but millions who now carry her message can find in the run up to Malala Day on 10 November an opportunity to speak for her and ensure that action on girls' rights and children's education is no longer delayed."


Click here to add your name to the petition.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal (left) talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal (left) talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai (left) talks with Dr David Rosser, Medical Director after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal with Medical Director Dr David Rosser talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal (left) talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

  • Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

    Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

  • Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

    Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

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    Security patrol the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan is being treated.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    Campaigners gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

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    Campaigners including 9 month old Mnaha Zoya gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

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    Campaigners gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

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    Campaigners gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

  • An ambulance believed carrying 14-year-old Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights as arriving to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment on her injuries in Birmingham central England 15 October 2012. Reports state that she was travelling from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff after being shot in the head and neck in a Taliban attack. The British government confirmed that Malala will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict. EPA/ANDREW FOX

  • A police officer stands guard at the entrance of Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where 14-year-old Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights arrived for treatment on her injuries in Birmingham central England 15 October 2012. Reports state that she was travelling from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff after being shot in the head and neck in a Taliban attack. The British government confirmed that Malala will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict. EPA/ANDREW FOX

  • An ambulance believed carrying 14-year-old Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights arrive with police escort to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment on her injuries in Birmingham central England 15 October 2012. Reports state that she was travelling from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff after being shot in the head and neck in a Taliban attack. The British government confirmed that Malala will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict. EPA/ANDREW FOX

  • An undated handout photograph released by University Hospitals Birmingham on 15 October 2012 showing Dave Rosser Executive Medical Director at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Reports state on 15 October 2012 that Dave Rosser medical director at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said that Malala Yusufzai The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban gunmen has a chance of making a good recovery. Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights was flown from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff to be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict EPA

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    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on child activist Malala Yousafzai, in Lahore on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / Arif Ali

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    A Pakistani veiled activist of an Islamic Sunni Tehreek party carries a placard during a protest against the assassination attempt by Taliban on child activist Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 14, 2012. A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban in retaliation for her campaign for the right to education, is making 'slow and steady progress' in her recovery, the military said. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

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    Pakistani leaders of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) sit under a photograph of child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest procession against the assassination attempt by Taliban, in Karachi on October 14, 2012. A Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai shot in the head by the Taliban because she campaigned for the right to education is making 'slow and steady progress' in her recovery, the military said. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM

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    Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on child activist Malala Yousafzai, in Lahore on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / Arif Ali

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    Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / A. MAJEED

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    Pakistani civil society activists and journalists carry candles and photographs of gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai during a protest against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI

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    Pakistani demonstrators carry photographs of gunshot victim and child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest against her assassination attempt, in Karachi on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    Pakistani students pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai at a school in Mingora on October 11, 2012. The horrific attack on a Pakistani child rights activist, shot in the head by the Taliban in front of terrified schoolgirls, has raised fears that targeted attacks are on the rise in the Swat valley. Malala Yousafzai, 14, who won international recognition for a blog about the horrors of life under the Taliban and a campaign for the right to an education, is the highest-profile target of militants in Swat for more than three years. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMAD REHMAN

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    Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (L) briefs the media after visiting child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, in Rawalpindi on October 12, 2012. The next 36 to 48 hours will be critical for a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, the military said on October 12, calling on the nation to pray for her recovery. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

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    Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (C) arrives at a military hospital to visit child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, in Rawalpindi on October 12, 2012. The next 36 to 48 hours will be critical for a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, the military said on October 12, calling on the nation to pray for her recovery. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

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    Pakistani Muslims pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, during a Frdiay prayers in Karachi on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    A Pakistani Muslim prays for the recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, during a Frdiay prayers in Karachi on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    Pakistani Muslims pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, during a Frdiay prayers in Karachi on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / A. MAJEED

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    Pakistani hospital workers carry injured Malala Yousafzai, 14, on a stretcher at a hospital following an attack by gunmen in Mingora on October 9, 2012. A teenage Pakistani children's rights activist was shot in the head in an assassination attempt as she boarded a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat, officials said. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)