Nobel laureate Malala to fight until ‘every child in school’
The youngest Nobel Prize winner ever travelled to Norway to pick up her share of the Nobel Peace Prize
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said Wednesday she would continue her fight for education until every child was in school.
“I will continue this fight until I see every child in school,” the 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl told an audience in Oslo City Hall after receiving the award.
In a speech peppered with self-deprecating humour, the youngest ever Nobel recipient used the award ceremony to call not just for education but also fairness and peace.
“The so-called world of adults may understand it, but we children don’t. Why is it that countries which we call ‘strong’ are so powerful in creating wars but so weak in bringing peace?” she said in her speech.
“Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard? Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so difficult?”
Malala, who described herself as the “first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers,” triggered applause but also frequent outbursts of laughter during her speech.
The young global icon, who was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban two years ago after she insisted on girls’ rights to education, shared the prize with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.