Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner stresses education
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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  • Jason0421-YYCA
    12/16/2014 - 01:48 a.m.

    I agree with Malala Yousafzai that girls should have as much rights to be educated as boys. I think that that Malala is truly someone who should earn the youngest noble peace prize because she was shot in the head (still alive) for going against the rule in which only boys could be educated. I hope that people (girls, boys, and adults) are being influenced by Malala and are going to stand up for education since the future and we depend on them to learn and help the world.

  • rachelh10503
    12/16/2014 - 11:47 a.m.

    I have never heard of someone as young as her getting a Nobel Piece Prize! it is amazing because most people that do get it, wont get it until they are usually 20

  • GigiSylvester-Ste
    12/16/2014 - 11:00 p.m.

    malala truly deserves this award. I am glad she stood up for what she believed in . malala is a great role model and i am glad she received the award.

  • JacquelynS-3
    12/17/2014 - 10:14 p.m.

    Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are Nobel Peace Prize winners who believe every child should be educated. Malala, who is now seventeen, was shot in the head two years ago in Pakistan because she insisted girls have the same rights to an education as boys. She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. Kailash, who is 60, says if one child is denied of education, "we cannot say we are enlightened." Many people are intrigued by the two winners and want a glimpse of the laureates.

    I think Malala and Kailash are great role models to the people of this generation. Malala is living proof that you can live through anything, and do anything, if you set your mind to it.

  • ChaseG-5
    12/18/2014 - 04:44 p.m.

    The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner talked about the importance of education. She believes that everybody deserves a proper education and it will also prevent poverty. Malala Yousafzai was shot twice by men that believed that she didn't deserve an education. She survived and ended up being a Nobel Peace Prize winner. She is from Pakistan and she got half of a million dollars reward for winning the prize. I think that it is interesting how she survived two gun shots and still became an extremely important person in society. She believed in herself and took a chance to fight for what she believed in.

  • KellerB-2
    12/18/2014 - 07:38 p.m.

    i think that Malala Yousafzaii is a very deserving woman of the Nobel piece prize. this article is about a woman who won a Nobel piece prize for fighting for women to go to school in Pakistan.

  • CameronK-3
    12/19/2014 - 10:55 a.m.

    Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace prize. She was attacked in Pakistan two years ago for insisting girls have an education. The Nobel Laureates split the $1.1 million prize. They were recognized for working to protect children from slavery, extremism, and child labor. Their worked risked their own lives. It makes me happy that these people are trying to protect the children of the world.

  • AlexM-3
    12/20/2014 - 02:38 p.m.

    Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are Nobel Peace Prize winners who value education. They believe that everyone should have the right to an education. Yousafzai and Satyarthi want all children to receive an education, no matter their gender or race. Malala and Kailash dedicated their award to the "millions and millions of children who are denied their childhood." I agree that all children should receive an education. I think that more fortunate children do not understand how lucky they are to go to school every day. I hope that many people can be inspired by Malala and Kailash like I was.

  • Hannahmab-3
    1/02/2015 - 02:59 p.m.

    This year two people received the Noble Peace prize, Malala Yousafzai who is from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi who is from India. together they are trying to make education a priority in their countries of both girls and boys. Two years ago Malala was shot on her way to school because she promoted education for girls and said it was their right to have and education. children in India and Pakistan are treated like animals they are sold and bought, some are taken as hostages, and others are used an children solders, both girls are trying to make it so this does not happen and that the kids go to school so they can escape instead. Both girls received medals and split the one point one million dollar prize to help their cause. Malala hoped the leaders of both their countries would come to the ceremony so they could talk about making education a priority, but sadly they did not attend. Malala is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize and Kailash is sixty years old. Both of these women are making a change in their countries.

    I think it is great that someone is finally standing up for children, especially girls, to go to school and have rights. I know living in the U.S is very different from living in other countries and I have many liberties that other children my age do not. I am thankful for the opportunities I am given by going to school and am happy to see that soon other children might get the same opportunities.

  • aidanm-Ros
    1/06/2015 - 02:04 p.m.

    I'm glade that some one in her home and that who wood shoot her in the head and that she got one of those she must to have really go smarts.

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