Nelson Mandela said “it is impossible until its done” and Mahatma Ghandi said “be the change you wish to see” and Malala has done just that by winning the Nobel Prize recently. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize which has been previously received by great leaders like Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu.
You may remember her as the teenager that was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls’ education. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK.
Malala said she was “honoured” to receive the award, saying it made her feel “more powerful and courageous”. I only found out about the prize when i was called out during the chemistry class whilst at school. She touched millions by her speech when she said “I dedicate this award to all those children in the world.”
Here are some words of congratulations from some of the world leaders as they all poured out their expressions of joy and support to the teen Laurent.
“On behalf of Michelle, myself and all Americans, I want to congratulate Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Today’s announcement is a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being. Today, we honor Malala and Kailash’s achievements, and reaffirm that the United States will always stand with those who defend our universal human rights.” said President Barack Obama.
“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,” said Thorbjorn Jagland as he paid tribute to Malala’s achievements.
“Her achievement is unparalleled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take the lead from her struggle and commitment,” said the Prime Minister of Pakistan in his congratulations statement to Malala.
The Nobel Prize (Swedish pronunciation: [noˈbɛl], Swedish definite form, singular: Nobelpriset; Norwegian: Nobelprisen) is a set of annual international awards bestowed in a number of categories by Swedish and Norwegian committees in recognition of cultural and/or scientific advances. The will of the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes in 1895. The prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace were first awarded in 1901. The related Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was created in 1968. Between 1901 and 2012, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 555 times to 856 people and organizations. With some receiving the Nobel Prize more than once, this makes a total of 835 individuals (791 men and 44 women) and 21 organizations.
Malala is only 17 and has what is deemed as one of the highest prizes to ever possess in a lifetime, she shows that no matter where you from, if you have a vision and focus on carrying it out despite all the trials and tribulations you will come across along way, you too can leave a legacy which will be recorded in history for centuries to come. We congratulate Malala on her work in the world as a children’s activist. We hope you are inspired to start something, no matter how small, the world will recognize your great work.
Sources: BBConline, Glamour Magazine and Wikipedia