|Mural by Eduardo Kobra|
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, spoke of his education as a child himself: "I didn't learn the importance of education from a book, I lived it." His school experience was similar to that of many of the other young delegates in the room. What surprised them was the lack of resources he had had. Pupils today have access to specialist technology but Ban Ki-Moon began with very little. It shocked them how a man of such power began with so little. Then Malala spoke. They were astonished at how courageous and confident she was, and how strongly she believed in rights to education for all.
Holly and Lauren's trip to New York has been a source of inspiration and excitement. They flew for the first time, met lots of interesting people from around the world and saw some sights, but most importantly they heard how going to school is vital for so many people. The highlight of the trip for both of them was meeting Malala. She was so full of confidence. And although in some ways her life is so different to theirs, in others ways it is not - she now goes to school in Birmingham!
Read the text and the instructions to the questions very carefully. Answer all the questions in English.
1. Write a summary of the text in English, including the most important points, using your own words whenever possible (approximately 50 words; 1 point).
2. Find words or phrases in the text that correspond in meaning to the words and definitions given here (1 point; 0.25 each)
- a) got better
- b) influence / strength
- c) brave
- d) most important part
3. Complete the second sentence of each pair so that it has the same meaning as the first one (2 points; 0.5 each).
- a) She was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen while returning home.
- While she ...
- b) "I didn't learn the importance of education from a book, I lived it." he said.
- He said that ...
- c) His school experience was similar to that of many of the other young delegates.
- Many of the other young delegates ...
- d) Pupils today have access to specialist technology but Ban Ki-Moon began with very little.
- Whereas pupils today ….
4. Answer the following questions in your own words, as far as possible. Your answer must be based on the information given in the text (2 points; 1 point each)
- a) How do you know that this event was important?
- b) What do we learn about Malala's personality and interests?
5. How do you think children's education will change in the future? (Approximately 120 words; 3 points).
1. The text is about two girls from Birmingham who visited the United Nations. There they met MalalaYousafzai and were impressed by her confidence and courageousness. They also heard Ban Ki-Moon describe his education and were shocked at how poor it had been. The experience convinced them of the importance of education.
Many of the other young delegates (had) had a similar school experience to his (one)/(had) had a school experience similar to his (one)
d. Pupils today have access to specialist technology but Ban Ki-Moon began with very little to specialist technology but Ban Ki-Moon began with very little. Whereas pupils today have access to specialist technology, Ban Ki-Moon began with very little.
4. a) I know it was an important event because it took place in the United Nations. The UN Secretary General was there and spoke. There were over 500 delegates, andsome them, like Holly and Lauren,had flown there from a long distance.