When Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize, she made her mission clear: “This is not the end. This is really the beginning. I want to see every child going to school.” The 17-year-old Pakistani children’s rights activist-and youngest recipient of the prestigious prize-shares this honour with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Both have been strong advocates to improve the educational rights of children in their respective countries.
In awarding her the prize, the Nobel committee said, “Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.”
During her acceptance speech, Malala renewed her commitment to the cause: “My message to children all around the world is that they should stand up for their rights… It means we are standing together to ensure all children get quality education.”