Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai [PHOTO: guardian.co.uk]

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani child activist, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 17-year-old, who strives to improve children’s access to education, was announced Friday as a joint winner of the award alongside Indian child rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi.

Malala is the youngest recipient of the coveted prize ever.

The Nobel committee praised the duo’s “struggle against the suppression of children and young people”.

Mr. Satyarthi has led several peaceful protests through “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain”, the committee said at the announcement in Oslo.

Mr. Satyarthi, 60, is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, (Save the Childhood Movement), which campaigns for child rights and an end to human trafficking. He also fights for the rights of child labourers.

Mr. Satyarthi dedicated the award to enslaved children.

“It’s a great honour for all the Indians, it’s an honour for all those children who have been still living in slavery despite of all the advancement in technology, market and economy,” he was quoted by the BBC as saying.

“And I dedicate this award to all those children in the world,” he added.

The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, praised Malala’s feats.

“Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people too can contribute to improving their own situations,” he said.

“This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.”


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  • stad

    The belt-tightening moves showcased here are targeted to the workers alone. How does it affect the political office holders? When you are introducing policies, you set an example by starting from yourself. I guess the governor would first announce the cut-down in the salaries of political office holders in the state.

    Also, the government should look inward to the projects under execution in the state. Are they worth the amount allocated to them? Are they the right projects for the generalty of the people of the state or for some people? proper allocation of funds can save us from belt-tightening policy. For example, what is the impact of opon imo on educational productivity and development when workers stay at home for almost ayear for no-payment of salaries? Imagine the amount of money claimed to have been spent on that so-called opon imo. What is the essence of airport in Osun now? Is it a pressing need or want? Imagine the huge amount of money claimed to have been spent on it.

    Apart from that a good gevernment should be able to prioritise projects subject to income constraints. The Osun government wants to do all projects at the same time. You want to build schools, roads (federal and state; trumpet and flute), airport, etc. if the government have chosen one out the numerous proect embacked upon and focused on it with the limited resources available, we wouldn’t have had this problem of finance.

    The frivolous spending of public fund during election should be watched. Here is one of the ways the scarce resources have been brutally wasted. You know, no government would come out to tell you that a certain amount of money was spent during election. They always hide under the cover of the political parties and assistance from political colleagues.

    These are real issues to watch and without which policies raised along the subject matter cannot succeed.