Malala Yousafzai uses UN to call for universal education

PAKISTANI teenager Malala Yousafzai used her address to the United Nations to demand schooling for the 57 million children worldwide who currently lack any access to education.

CNN reported the speech in New York - made on her 16th birthday - was her first public address since being shot by the Taliban.

The auditorium was understood to be filled with 1000 students from around the world.

"Let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, and let us pick up our books and pens," she said.

"They are our most powerful weapons.

"One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.

"Education is the only solution. Education first."

The UN is pushing to have every child in its member states able to access education by 2015.

Malala was joined by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Mr Brown said this was the start of a major campaign on education.