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 by educating children and freeing them from poverty.

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

Sitting alongside Malala, the youngest Nobel winner ever, the 60-year-old Satyarthi told their news conference that even if a single child is denied education "we cannot say we are enlightened."

The Nobel laureates, who split the $1.1 million award, were cited for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. They reiterated that the prize was not only for them but for all 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 hoping to get a glimpse of the laureates.

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

"Her story moves me," he said of Malala, after showing 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 (9)
  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    12/15/2014 - 05:57 p.m.

    Malala is definitely someone I respect. I admire her for standing up for what she believes in and even continuing on her mission when it nearly killed her. Education is very important and everyone, no matter what gender, religion, or country they come from, should be able involve themselves in it.

  • KiraWvA-4
    12/16/2014 - 08:24 p.m.

    Co-laureates Malala Yousafzai, the youngest laureate ever at 17, and Kailash Satyarthi attended their awards ceremony in Oslo, Norway, and stressed the importance of child education and freeing them from poverty. They said this would unite people from different countries and religions; that their medals were not just for them but an honor to the millions and millions of impoverished children everywhere. I loved this article because sometimes I find that that the major civil rights activist were in the past-but this proves that there still are thousands of people willing to lay down their lives for equal rights, not just these two.

  • TaylorHartman-Ste
    12/17/2014 - 12:01 p.m.

    I think that it is great that this girl really stresses the importance of education because it is one of the most important assets that we need in our lives.

  • JKaitlyn-Sti
    12/19/2014 - 10:09 a.m.

    This is pretty cool. Especially when she is like Indian. I see a lot of different races doing this stuff. Its cool when another race wins something like this. It even cooler when Im indian as well!

  • KCheyenne-Cas
    12/19/2014 - 05:00 p.m.

    I am moved by this. This young 17-year-old girl risked her life for the education of the young girls in Pakistan. There are so many young girls in Pakistan being sold for money or even married at the age of 12. But Malala stood up for the girls of Pakistan and fought for the right to be heard. I am so proud that she had won the Noble Peace Prize. And I hope she continues her work.

  • JacobM-5
    1/04/2015 - 09:06 p.m.

    This article is about the most recent noble prize winner. She was also the youngest to win the award as well. She was shot at a young age in the head for standing up women's rights. She did this in Pakistan where there are very little rights for women. I think this article is interesting to know about some people in this world.

  • jadie0122
    1/22/2015 - 01:36 p.m.

    i cannot say how much this means to me. Everybody has a right to education. Some of us take this for granted. You hear kids all he time saying "I don't want to go to school." Well did you ever think about if you couldn't. If you weren't allowed because of the government, or religious beliefs. Well I certainly cant. Education is all about the chance to better ourselves and I think that EVERYONE should be given that right.

  • Julian10
    1/29/2015 - 12:49 a.m.

    Malala Yousafzai and Kaillash Satyarthi are working on tthe education and helping children get out of poverty. The two women are united as one to help this situation. One of the women is from India and the other from Pakistan. Malala was shot 2 years ago for speaking up for women in Pakistan by saying they had the same rightd as boys to have a education. "not only the right but the duty of children" to be educated.

  • 5SamK
    3/12/2015 - 06:18 p.m.

    First let me just say how amazing Malala is and how much of a role model she is for the world. I think lessons we can learn from this story is that education is a gift. And defiantly one that shouldn't be taken for granted. She knows that nothing can replace an education especially in places where the education rates are so low. She knows that nothing should stop you from getting an education. No person, no event should stop you from getting an education in your life.

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