Friday, October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzai Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai and children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize today. The Nobel Prize board announced that Malala and Kailash were awarded "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

The Taliban took over the Swat region of Pakistan where Malala lived in 2008. The Taliban immediately began closing schools for girls. In 2009 Malala began her fight for education. Malala was only 11 when she began anonymously blogging for the BBC about her struggles to receive an education and the fear she lived in everyday. That same year she came forward and announced who she was. Malala publicly criticized the Taliban for not allowing girls to go to school. All Malala wanted was an education.

Two years and one day ago Malala was shot in the head by Taliban men on her way home from school. The world was shocked that a child who was only 15 had been so callously and cruelly attacked. Malala's assassination attempt brought international attention to Malala and her cause.

Malala had a long road of healing ahead of her, but she never forgot about her fellow Pakistani classmates who were still fighting to receive an education. Malala and Shiza Shahid created the Malala Fund, an organization dedicated to helping all children receive an education. Malala had every right to be angry after her attack, but instead she said "I don't want revenge on the Taliban. I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban. Malala, who is only 17, is the youngest ever recipient of a Nobel Prize.

Malala has inspired an education movement that brings together people from all across the world. Her work through the Malala Fund is truly making a difference, and she has no plans of slowing down. I for one expect nothing but greatness in Malala's future.

Comment and let me know what your favorite Malala quote is.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Neha Sharma said...

Congratulations to both!!! Malala is a great ambassador of women around the world. Being a Pakistani girl reveals Pakistan has a great potential of education and peace; a few people like exotic Taliban are spoiling the image of the region and trying to create unrest. I wish success to both of you in your future.

October 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Janice said...

Congratulations to both. Hope them a good health and continue their useful work in the future.

October 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Kailash Mansarovar Yatra said...

you are right, she inspired an education movement and sent message back to the world.

October 28, 2014 at 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Lilibet Radoslava said...

Hi, Malala Yousafzai really deserves an award. She might have given so much inspiration for all younger generation when it comes to education. A great work indeed!

November 3, 2014 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger rebecca frank said...

Wishes to Malala Yousafzai for being one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize.She definitely deserves it for her serving mind!!

November 4, 2014 at 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anshu said...

Malala's speech brought tear to my eyes. These two are really awesome human beings. God give them strength in their mission.

March 19, 2015 at 2:24 AM  
Anonymous Whatsapp Status said...

Malala is very brave girl in the world. I am always inspiring my daughter to be like Malala. God Bless her.

April 30, 2015 at 2:29 AM  

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