"What time do they award the Nobel Peace Prize?" my daughter asked last night as she headed to bed. I told her it would be in the middle of the night and to please sleep in. I feared she'd be very disappointed like she was last year when Malala Yousufzai did not win despite being the odds-on favorite.
Malala Yousufzai won the Nobel Peace Prize this morning, along with Kailash Satyarthi, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited," the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced. At age 17, Malala is the youngest Nobel Prize winner.
Malala had a huge impact on my daughter, and she still does. She has taught us all about the power of one voice and about the importance of education.
Malala once said, "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."
Here are more of Malala's inspiring quotes:
Malala also offered up these words of wisdom, "I raise up my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard."
When she traveled to Nigeria to seek the release of the 200 girls kidnapped there by Boko Haram, she said, ""To the girls of Nigeria and across Africa, and all over the world, I want to say: don't let anyone tell you that you are weaker than or less than anything."
"My goal is not to get a Nobel Peace Prize. My goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child," Malala said last year, as reported in this ABC.net article.
She is an example of what can happen when a girl is valued and empowered.
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