“Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, gave an incredible speech as she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on Wednesday after becoming an icon of the fight for children’s education rights. She just became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history, and her speech shows her spectacular wisdom...’I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is not,’ she said. ‘It is the story of many girls. Today, I tell their stories too. I have brought with me some of my sisters from Pakistan, from Nigeria, and from Syria who share this story…This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education,’ Yousafzai said. ‘It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. I am here to stand up for their rights, to raise their voice.'” – Business Insider
Malala Yusafsai is the youngest ever Nobel Peace prize winner, whereas Kailash Satyarthi is in his sixties. She comes from Pakistan, he comes from India: their countries are close neighbors yet have often been at war since the Partition of India in 1947. She is a woman, he is a man, but both fight for the rights of children (all children!) to freedom and education. She is a Muslim, he is a Hindu: the proof that different religions can agree and work together towards a humanitarian goal that is common to both. Their joint prize is a message of hope for the world!
16 years old Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago after campaigning for better rights for girls in Pakistan, has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.
The 50,000 euro ($65,000) prize is considered Europe’s top human rights award.
“I am hopeful the European Parliament will look beyond Europe to the suffering countries where people are still deprived of their basic rights, their freedom of thought is suppressed, freedom of speech is enchained,” Ms Yousafzai said.
“Many children have no food to eat, no water to drink and children are starving for education. It is alarming that 57 million children are deprived of education… this must shake our conscience.”
She began her speech with a famous quote from 18th Century French philosopher Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
She said children in countries such as Pakistan “do not want an iPhone, a PlayStation or chocolates, they just want a book and a pen”.
MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) gave her a standing ovation.
You can see her and listen to parts of her speech here :
Malala Yousafzay is a Pakistanese girl. This winter, she was shot in the head by Talibans in her country because she wanted girls to be educated.
She was sent to England to be operated on and she was saved. She was given British nationality for her and her family.
Last week, on her 16th birthday, she went into the UN (= ONU in French) building to give a speech about education.
She said : “one child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.” and “Education is the only solution”.
She said she forgives the person who tried to kill her. She also said she wants education for the children of the terrorists as well as for all children.
This is a short extract. If you want to listen to the full speech you can go here :
Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban in Pakistan for advocating girls’ education, attended her first day of school in Birmingham, England, weeks after being released from hospital.
The 15-year-old, who is among nominees for this year’s Nobel peace prize, described her return to school as the most important day of her life, as she joined other students in Birmingham.
“I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity,” she said.
Malala is a 15-year-old Pakistani girl who fought for girls’right to education.
She was shot in the head 4 times by Talibans who don’t want girls to be educated.
She has been treated in a London hospital and is slowly recovering.