Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner stresses education Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai poses with her medal during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway (Reuters)
Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner stresses education
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Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India this week stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions. They want children to be educated, to help free them from poverty.

The 17-year-old Malala was shot in the head two years ago in Pakistan. She was attacked for insisting that girls have as much right to education as boys. She says it is "not only the right but the duty of children" to be educated.

Malala is the youngest Nobel winner ever. Sitting next to her at a news conference in Oslo, Norway, was 60-year-old Satyarthi, who said that even if a single child is denied education "we cannot say we are enlightened."

The Nobel laureates split the $1.1 million award. They were cited for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor. Their work came at great risk to their own lives and they said the prize was not only for them, it was for the children of the world.

"It is very important for millions and millions of our children who are denied their childhood," Satyarthi said. "There are children who are bought and sold like animals, who are made hostages ... who are made child soldiers. This is an honor for them all."

Malala said she is disappointed that the prime ministers of their two rival nations had not accepted her recommendation to attend the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway. December 10 is the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.

"Countries do have borders. It doesn't mean that you should hate each other," she said. "If they were here, I would have said to them to make education the priority together."

The visit by Malala and Satyarthi has drawn hundreds of people into the freezing streets of Oslo. They were hoping to get a glimpse of the laureates.

Martin Slotnes is a Norwegian living in Australia who was visiting the city with his wife and children. He said it was the first time he had taken an interest in the peace prize.

"Her story moves me," he said of Malala. He showed his sons the picture he snapped of her from behind the barricade. "It was bitter cold. But it was worth it."

Critical thinking challenge: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are both young and old, Pakistani and Indian. But what unites them?

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COMMENTS (62)
  • justices-Orv
    12/15/2014 - 12:42 p.m.

    Mala deserves the Nobel peace prize because she was brave and i never new that she was the youngest ever to win and this made me learn that how brave she is

  • zarab-Orv
    12/15/2014 - 12:44 p.m.

    This article was very interasting because Malala was the yongest nobel peace prize winner. Malala is 17 now and she still stands up for girls eduction. Malala was a very brave person. She may not be strong on the out side but she is very strong on the inside.

  • jaedons-Orv
    12/15/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    Go Malala Go!!! I believe Malala deserved this Nobel Peace Prize for all the trouble she went through for girls education. Because Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize I think this sends a message to us young people that we can make a difference no matter how young we are.
    To Martin Slotnes Malala's story moves me every time I here it as well.

  • Cs2001Tardis
    12/15/2014 - 01:10 p.m.

    Wow! Congratulations to these two lades on winning. I think that they are sending the right message to the people. Every child has a right to be educated and to have a childhood. Nice job on getting the prize.

  • L2000neon
    12/15/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    I think Malala shouldn't have been killed for something she believed in like its her own opinion she should be able to voice it. Just because you don't agree with her opinion doesn't mean she should die. That's the difference between other countries and America like us Americans can voice our opinion and not get killed we might get judged but at least we wont lose our life.

  • AJ_Slater
    12/15/2014 - 04:05 p.m.

    Malala is a young girl who lived in a very unstable environment were rights were taken away and given within a blink of an eye. When women rights to education were taken away she stood up and argued with Pakistan officers and as a result barely grazed by a bullet. Now she goes around the world arguing with countries around the world. I think it is very cool that someone stood up for what they believe is right.

  • APangaro-1
    12/15/2014 - 07:05 p.m.

    The youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head two years ago for insisting that girls should have as much education as boys. She said it is, "not only the right but the duty of children" to have an education. Malala especially wants children to have an education to help free them from poverty. I think Malala is a role model for kids of all ages to look up to. Even adults look up to her and believe that she could change the world.

  • kayg-Orv
    12/15/2014 - 07:15 p.m.

    Omgg My Amazing Teacher Mrs.Orvis Just talked to us about this. But I don't see why its stressing ... Going to school is stressing ? Encouraging people to go to school is not really stressing either .They Need to trust Malala ... Only because of everything she did & guess what, she won a Nobel Peace Prize.... !!!! Agree With Her

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    12/15/2014 - 10:35 p.m.

    I agree with Malala and Kailash because I think children should be able to have education of their own. They must have some education instead of doing physical labor and suffering from it. I think the government should give more money to fund children's education so there wouldn't be as many budget cuts. This is for our children's future. Our children may as well be sent to work in a coal factory or work in fields. I am happy for Malala and Kailash because they helped raise awareness for the need of child education in some countries. I think starting now, governments from around the globe will help fund child education to help them so they can learn new things instead of doing the same things everyday and getting hurt.

    • Steve0620-yyca
      7/15/2015 - 08:03 p.m.

      REBUTTAL:

      I think that if the children want to be part of or volunteer to be part of a physical group like being a soldier, then they wouldn't need education other than that which is related to military training, attacking, defending, and the use of weapons. The children don't need to learn so they don't need education. Why learn if you do not plan on using what you have learned or what you have been experienced of?

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