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Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Schoolgirl Shot By Taliban, Enjoys First Day At School

19/03/2013 18:36 | Updated 20 March 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has attended her first day of school just weeks after being released from hospital.

The 15-year-old participated in lessons at the Edgbaston High School for girls in Birmingham on Tuesday.

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Malala will soon be able to select her subjects for GCSEs

Doctors in Birmingham discharged her from hospital last month and it is thought Malala will secure permanent residence in the UK.

She joined the girls in Year 9 and will be studying a full curriculum in preparation for selecting her subjects for GCSEs.

Malala said: "I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity.

"I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham."

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Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin on the day she went to school in Birmingham

Gisela Stuart, MP for Edgbaston, described Malala as an 'inspiration'.

"I am so proud of Malala and her family who have supported her," Stuart told The Huffington Post UK.

"She is an inspiration, she and young women across the world need our support. Malala and her brothers will get a good education in Birmingham and I know that she will get first class medical care in the local hospital.

"It is fitting that her first day at school should be in Edgbaston, the constituency which has been represented by women for 60 years now. A record not matched by any other place"

Others took to Twitter in response to the news, including Piers Morgan, who said:

While UN Women Watch tweeted:

When she was shot on 9 October last year, the bullet entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, "grazing" her brain. It was later removed by surgeons in Pakistan before she was flown to the UK.

Malala, from the town of Mingora in the Swat district, was targeted by the Taliban for backing women's rights and their right to an education.

Despite her severe injuries, she has made a good recovery, and was pictured in November sitting up in her bed reading cards and messages from supporters, then smiling and waving as she left hospital last month.

It is thought the teenager will secure permanent residence in the UK after her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, was appointed as an education attache with the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham for three years.

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