This time Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani girl education activist Malala Yousufzai have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their active interest in children rights.
As announced by the Norwegian Noble Prize committee, both Malala and Stayarthi are the joint winners of the coveted prize on October 10, 2014.
Children’s Rights and Right to Education-
Both of them, belonging to different religions, struggled relentlessly against the suppression of children and young people and fought for children’s right to education. They have already received various accolades, but the Nobel Prize has emboldened their struggle.
The Nobel Prize Committee on this feels that it is indeed an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and extremism.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan, headed by Kailash Satyarthi, has saved thousands of children from bonded labour in factories, while Malala, who was shot in the head by Taliban militants two years ago in Swat for her campaign against the terrorist groups that preventing girls from attending schools, became a global symbol of the fight against extremism.
Malala’s heroic struggle, at the age of 17, made her the youngest winner of Nobel Prize ever. She and Satyarthi will share the $1.11- million prize, which will be awarded to them on December 10, 2014 in Oslo.
“I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and the first young woman or the first young person that is getting this award. It is a great honor to me…. It gives a message to people of love between Pakistan and India,” Malala said.