The teenage activist and Nobel laureate says ‘Their need is overwhelming’
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the face by a Taliban gunman and last month's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has revealed that she is donating £31,000 to help rebuild a school in Gaza. Today, Yousafzai was awarded the World Children's Prize in Stockholm and it was there that she announced that she'll be giving all her prize money to rebuild an UNRWA school damaged during the Gaza conflict.
Accepting her prize she said:
"I am honored to announce all my World’s Children’s Prize money will go to help students and schools in an especially difficult place – in Gaza.
I am donating these funds to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances.
The needs are overwhelming – more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future.
This funding will help rebuild the 65 schools damaged during the recent conflict. Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful."
Earlier this month, the heroic teen activist who has campaigned relentlessly in the face of adversity for women's right in Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize along with the Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. 17-year old Yousafzai became known worldwide in 2012 when she was viciously assaulted by a gun-wielding member of the Taliban on a school bus. She now lives in the UK, where she continues to campaign for progress across the globe.
Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, summed up her work in a statement when he said: "You have become a symbol of the boundless potential that lies within each and every child on earth. You are an aspirational figure to the next generation in Palestine and beyond. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you Malala."