July 07, 2017 20:05 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Malala Yousafzai graduates five years after she was shot

Malala Yousafzai has spent years fighting for girls around the world to get the education they deserve, and now she has overcome her own obstacles to graduate high school.

Malala Yousafzai has spent years fighting for girls around the world to get the education they deserve, and now she has overcome her own obstacles to graduate high school. 

In 2012, a Taliban gunman shot her in the head for advocating for girls to receive an education in her native Pakistan.

On Friday, the Nobel Peace laureate completed her schooling in Britain, calling the achievement 'bittersweet'.  

Malala Yousafzai has spent years fighting for girls around the world to get the education they deserve, and now she has overcome her own obstacles to graduate high school

Malala Yousafzai has spent years fighting for girls around the world to get the education they deserve, and now she has overcome her own obstacles to graduate high school

On Friday, the Nobel Peace laureate completed her schooling in Britain, calling the achievement 'bittersweet'. She posted about her achievement on Twitter 

On Friday, the Nobel Peace laureate completed her schooling in Britain, calling the achievement 'bittersweet'. She posted about her achievement on Twitter 

Business magnate, Bill Gates, wrote a hearfelt tweet to Yousafzai on Friday 

Business magnate, Bill Gates, wrote a hearfelt tweet to Yousafzai on Friday 

The 19-year-old took to Twitter to celebrate her accomplishment: 'Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter,' she wrote on her newly opened account. 

She gained more than 134,000 followers in just three hours. 

Thousands welcomed her to Twitter, including Microsoft co-founder and business magnate, Bill Gates, and actress Mia Farrow. 

'You continue to inspire me, @Malala. Thanks to you, young women around the world can dream of a brighter future for themselves,' Gates tweeted.  

Yousafzai had been attending a school in the city of Birmingham where she was treated after the shooting in October 2012.

After blogging and campaigning for girls' education in her native Swat valley, she was shot as she rode back to her village on a bus after taking an exam.

Yousafzai has since become a global icon for girls' education, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Her blood soaked school uniform is currently displayed at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.  

Yousafzai had been attending a school in the city of Birmingham where she was treated after the shooting in October 2012. She's pictured in July 2013, just a year after the attack, giving a speech at a Youth Assembly at the UN 

Yousafzai had been attending a school in the city of Birmingham where she was treated after the shooting in October 2012. She's pictured in July 2013, just a year after the attack, giving a speech at a Youth Assembly at the UN 

Yousafzai has since become a global icon for girls' education, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Her blood soaked school uniform (pictured) is currently displayed at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway

Yousafzai has since become a global icon for girls' education, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Her blood soaked school uniform (pictured) is currently displayed at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway

'Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me,' she tweeted, on Friday. 

'I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education'.

She said she was 'excited' about her future and promised to continue 'fighting for girls'.

Yousafzai has excelled at school and is awaiting the results of her A-level exams next month. 

She has been offered a place to study at Oxford University.

She has been offered a place to study at Oxford University. She's pictured during her acceptance speech at the Noble Peace Prize ceremony in 2014
Yousafzai has chosen to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She's seen with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai during the premiere of He Named Me Malala in 2015

She has been offered a place to study at Oxford University. Yousafzai (left during 2014 Noble Peace Prize speech) has chosen to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She's seen with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai (right) during the premiere of He Named Me Malala in 2015

Also in April, Yousafzai was selected as a United Nations messenger of peace during a ceremony in New York. She's pictured with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 

Also in April, Yousafzai was selected as a United Nations messenger of peace during a ceremony in New York. She's pictured with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 

Yousafzai has chosen to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics, a prestigious course that has produced many British politicians and world leaders including late Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

In April, Yousafzai received honorary citizenship in Canada and became the youngest person to address the country's Parliament.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented her with a framed certificate of citizenship. She's only the sixth person to receive the honor and the youngest ever. 

Also in April, Yousafzai was selected as a United Nations messenger of peace during a ceremony in New York.

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