Nobel Peace Prize Winners: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
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It has been a good year for children’s rights and children’s education. As the final year of the UNs big push to have primary school available to all children in the world, organizations have really been working hard towards getting schools and teachers in rural and isolated regions of the world. Today, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to both Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India for their work of bringing children`s right to the forefront in their countries.
Many will know of Malala’s story, which began two years ago when she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ rights to education in her country. After her assassination attempt, she escaped to England with her family and began the Malala Fund to empower girls through education. She is now the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Kailish Sadyarthi has been working for children’s rights since the 1980s, also surviving several attempts on his life for his work. A former engineer, Sadyarthi became involved in the Global March Against Child Labour, and has since been known for his raids on sweatshops in order to liberate children trapped in slavery work. Since the beginning of his work, Sadyarthi has freed 78,500 child slaves and lead them to education and rehabilitation.
On this year’s winners, the Nobel Prise stated the prize was awarded for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.