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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  • Kendall-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 08:22 a.m.

    This year two women won the Nobel Peace Prize. Their names were Malala Yousfzai and Kailash Satyarthi. The one thing that brought Malala and Kaliash together was the right for all kids to go to school. They are both from different countries, but are fighting for the same for the same cause. Malala was the youngest person at age 17 to win the Nobel prize and Kailash was quite a bit older, but they both won the prize. Malala is my role model and she should be a role model for kids all over the world. I agree all kids across the world should have the right to be educated. I agree with the Nobel committee to give the prize to Malala and Kailash.

  • jeremiahj-Ros
    1/09/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    I'm glad she stood up to what the other people said it's just what people should do when somebody is bullied.STAND UP FOR PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! It's the right thing to do.You'll feel good in the end so will the person who was bullied. :)

  • makaylah-Ros
    1/09/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    Malala yousafzai and kaliash satyarthi both have the same thought that unites them. The thought is that kids should have proper education, also to protect kids from slavery and child labor. And also protect all the kids.

  • jassels-Ros
    1/15/2015 - 01:45 p.m.

    they almost died and got killed.they got lucky that they were brave. they were really brave and they got a good novel and they survived in the war

  • jassels-Ros
    1/15/2015 - 01:45 p.m.

    they almost died and got killed.they got lucky that they were brave. they were really brave and they got a good novel and they survived in the war

  • rickyb-Ros
    1/15/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    I think that it is cool that she stood up for girls because that is good for every girl in India. I also think that it was good that she got a Nobel prize.

  • yhoseind-Ros
    1/20/2015 - 12:28 p.m.

    i think she feels very happy to win that award she is probably celebrating for what she has done to win this big or huge award

  • kamilaa-Ros
    1/20/2015 - 12:32 p.m.

    I cant beleive it shesz so young and talented its so awesome now i want to win a noble prize for being the first girl playing base ball or atleast somethjing.

  • matthewh-Ros
    1/20/2015 - 01:27 p.m.

    I agree with Malala that children should get education and that they should have rights to go to school. It's sad that she got shot in the head for her notion just because certain people didn't agree with her. I'm glad that we got an education so we can become smart and aquire a good and lucrative career.

  • maggieg-Fou
    1/20/2015 - 04:17 p.m.

    Both Malala and kailash both faaght for children.

    Is malala going to fight for more?nice arrival very helpful to people that are doing research on her :)

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