Heroine Malala Wins The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 – Time For Kids Article

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Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The young Pakistani activist is awarded one of the world’s greatest honors
OCTOBER 10, 2014
By Cameron Keady with TIME and AP Reporting
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CHRISTOPHER FURLONG
Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the world’s youngest Nimageobel Peace Prize recipient.
Pakistani youth activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 10. She is the youngest Nobel winner in history. Malala shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a 60-year-old man from India who has helped lead a movement to end child slavery around the world. Both winners were recognized “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Friday.

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Kailash Satyarthi greets journalists at his home office in New Delhi, India, after learning that he won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 10, 2014.

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A Voice for the Voiceless

Malala Yousafzai has never been ordinary. When she was just 11 years old, she started blogging about the Taliban takeover of her hometown of Mingora, in northwestern Pakistan. Taliban members follow an extreme version of Islam, and believe young girls like Malala should not go to school. Classrooms throughout the Swat district of Pakistan, where Malala was living, were closed for several months. Malala spoke publicly about her desire to go back to school. “All I want is an education,” she told one television broadcaster.

When the Pakistani government regained control, Malala was able to return to class. She continued to blog and speak out about girls’ right to education. But on October 9, 2012, the Taliban tried to silence her. A gunman boarded her school bus and shot her on the left side of her forehead. Malala survived, and showed great courage and optimism during her long recovery. During this time, she became a symbol of the struggle for girls’ rights all over the world.

Prize for Peace

Now, Malala has also become an international symbol for peace. Each year, the Nobel prizes honor excellence in medicine, literature, chemistry, promoting peace, and other fields. It is one of the highest honors in the world. Malala and Satyarthi will split the award of $1.1 million.

The Nobel prize is named after Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite in the 1800s. Nobel left his fortune to reward people who work for the “good of humanity” in the sciences, literature and world affairs. In 2011, Malala won Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize, which has since been renamed the National Malala Peace Prize.

Malala’s mission for peace is unstoppable. Nine months after she was shot, she gave a now-famous speech at the United Nations. “They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed,” she said. “And then, out of that silence came thousands of voices. … Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power, and courage was born.”

The Nobel prizes will be presented to the winners on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.

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  One thought on “Heroine Malala Wins The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 – Time For Kids Article

  1. Emmi
    October 15, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I believe that Malala is a heroine because she has fought for her education even through what has happened to her (including been shot in the head! It makes me think that we should pay more attention to what we are been taught!) . She knows how important it is to have a education . Through her wish to have a education and children around the world to have a education she has become a world wide symbol of peace and that is definitely a heroic act! 😉
    Emmi

  2. Leah
    October 21, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    How is malala different to enyone else? Is she different?
    She is different because of 2 reasons 1 she got a head injury 2 she is a hero because she brings peace because she survived her injury and kept going on with her life ,went to school and also went around the world telling her story ( on how she got injured and why ) she won the peace prize! But no she is not different because she values her education , her future and her job like all other students and people should.

  3. Nick
    October 21, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    How is malala different to anyone else? i do not think she is different because she wants what we all want, a good job and a country that all of the people will care and she can do that by getting a education.
    Is Nabila she different to Malala? No because all she wants is a education like all of us to get a job.

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