12 July 2013
Last updated at 18:48
Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in October 2012 while on her way to school. She has recovered from her injuries and become the charismatic figurehead for the movement to get all children into education. On the occasion of her 16th birthday, Malala is speaking at the United Nations in New York as part of a teenager takeover for the day, asking world leaders to help 57 million girls and boys around the world to find school places.
School Reporters Holly and Lauren from Bartley Green School in Birmingham are also heading to New York. They are reporting on Malala's speech and are looking forward to putting their newsgathering skills into action. But first the girls had to get on the plane for their first ever flight!
A two-hour flight delay notwithstanding, the girls arrive safe and sound in New York. Holly and Lauren are off to the UN to prepare for their first big interview - with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is now the UN's Special Envoy for Global Education.
But first it's time for breakfast - the girls are going to need plenty of energy for a busy day of reporting and interviewing at the UN
Holly and Lauren have been researching the whole issue of education and thinking up questions for their interviews, and they ran through their ideas with BBC correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan as part of their last-minute preparations before meeting Mr Brown.
It's a dramatic backdrop as the girls take their seats for the big interview, with the lighting operators helping to set things up around them
Holly and Lauren ask Mr Brown about the importance of education, what will happen if the Millennium Development Goal about primary school enrolment isn't met and why Malala has become such an icon for the cause of education for all.
Holly and Lauren catch their breath outside the UN before going in to hear Malala's inspirational speech.
With security tight at the UN, accreditation passes are vital for the girls to get in to the event
Waiting to go into the Youth Assembly Holly and Lauren scan the programme given to all delegates, which includes details of some of the young people who have had to fight for education. Lauren says "It is so sad to read about stories of 'other Malalas' and how they've had to fight to go to school'. Holly adds: "But it also shows how they've turned it around and overcome it too. It's really powerful."
Speaking at the United Nations, education campaigner Malala Yousafzai tells a rapt audience that being shot by the Taliban has changed her for the better. "Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, courage and fervour was born," she said. She called on politicians to ensure that every child has the right to go to school.
Holly and Lauren take a moment to sit and reflect on an incredible day reporting for the World Service radio, BBC News website and six and ten o'clock news. Great work Team Bartley Green!
And to end their visit to the United Nations Holly and Lauren (and teacher Ms Mole) had a special opportunity to speak to Malala herself after the Youth Assembly event. They chatted about school work, living in Birmingham and their shared support of Manchester United!