PORT-OF-SPAIN- Children in T&T should be thankful for the educational opportunities and take full advantage of them, according to world-renowned education activist Malala Yousafzai.

Addressing students at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, 17-year-old said: “In this country, you get quality education that is free from the primary level up to the tertiary level and even up to the post-graduate level.”

The Pakistani adolescent, ranked in 2013 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, informed the audience about other children across the globe who would give anything to have similar opportunities.

Highlighting one of her projects in Jordan for Syrian children who are refugees from the civil war, she said: “They are amazing, amazing children who have so many dreams but they have so many difficulties in their lives. They don’t get the right books. They don’t get well-qualified teachers. They don’t have schools and shelter.” She stated that her organization, the Malala Fund, was established to speak up for those underprivileged children and to provide opportunities for them.