We at Curriki are so pleased that education rights activist and student Malala Yousafzai has been selected for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. At 17 years of age, she is the youngest person ever to have won a Nobel Prize.
Malala has worked fearlessly and tirelessly to promote the rights of girls to receive an education. A Pakistani national, she was attacked and shot two years ago in a cowardly act by Taliban militants in her country, simply because she had been outspoken on the subject of girls’ rights to education. But she would not be cowed. A very eloquent speaker, Malala has had more opportunities than ever to speak out on behalf of the importance of educating girls and supporting their rights.
Here is a video of Malala speaking to the TED community: http://youtu.be/aKSrDScQvkg
Malala is busy with her school studies as well as her promotion of education rights, and she loves physics. Upon hearing the news, Malala said “I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and the first young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award. This is not the end, this is not the end of my campaign, this is the beginning.” Her interview with the BBC is here.
Malala shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with 60-year old Kailash Satyarthi of India. He is the leader of the Save the Childhood Movement, which has worked for decades against child forced labor and servitude. The Save the Childhood Movement web site is at http://www.bba.org.in.
“This prize is a recognition and honor to hundreds and millions of children who are still languishing in slavery, who are still deprived of their childhood, their education, their health care, their fundamental rights” said Mr. Satyarthi.
For children who are subject to forced labor, there is not even the hope of an education and their prospects for a decent future are seriously impaired.
As the Nobel committee puts it in their announcement, they are awarding this 2014 Peace Prize to Ms. Yousafzai and Mr. Satyarthi “… for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” You can read the full announcement here: http://nobelpeaceprize.org/en_GB/laureates/laureates-2014/announce-2014/
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