Malala Yousafzai was the 17-year-old Pakistani girl who won the Nobel Peace Prize last 2014 for her unparalleled advocacy for education and women which had later on developed into one of the most groundbreaking international movements in the world to date.
As what most people know, Malala’s success did not happen overnight. Malala faced a terrible and an extremely traumatic experience before she was able to get the attention of the public and get them to listen to her sincerest sentiments and pleas about human rights violation.
Malala’s emotionally wrenching and alarming barn burner of a tale was able to touch the hearts of millions of people and pique the interest of many activists, government officials, and international organizations after she valiantly shared her story to the world.
On October 2012, a Taliban pointed a gun at her after she boarded her school bus. One of the three bullets fired at her hit the left part of her forehead. Because of this, she remained in an extremely critical condition for several days. When she finally got better, she was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Britain. After fully recovering from her near-death experience, she became an active education advocate. From then on, she has been widely known in different parts of the world as a symbol of resistance against the Taliban’s intention of denying females the right to be educated.
Every year, the World’s Children Prize (WCP) picks three nominees who have inspiring stories of how they were able to promote children’s rights in their own original way. The most recent nominees were Malala Yousafzai, John Wood, and Indira Ranamagar.
Because of Malala’s dangerous and remarkable battle of protecting girls’ right to be educated, she was honoured by the WCP by giving her the World’s Children Prize. However, instead of keeping the money she received in Stockholm from the World’s Children Prize (WCP) worth $50,000, Malala chose to give the money she won to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA). Her donation will be used for rebuilding the schools in Gaza Strip that has been heavily damaged because of the war between Israel and Hamas.
Malala believes that education is an essential ingredient for peace and that without it, peace is impossible to achieve. This is why she has taken it upon herself to help young Palestinians to have a quality education in a guarded zone.
Malala Yousafzai is an ordinary girl who had inspired millions of people because of her story. What made her a modern day hero is that she acted on what she knew in her heart to be wrong. She fought for worthy causes and courageously used her experience to gain the support of the global community as she strives to defeat the issues being faced by the world today. To
Malala Yousafzai is officially the youngest person in history to receive both awards and the only one to receive both of awards in the same year. She is a living testimony that regardless of a person’s age, gender, and cultural upbringing, he or she can still become a proactive member of society who can contribute to the world’s progress.