The “champion of peace” becomes youngest recipient of the award
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai is set to receive the Nobel Peace Prize today in a special ceremony in the presence of King Harald V of Norway in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
Malala, who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan two years ago for her activities in campaigning for the right of girls to attain an education, continues to campaign from her home city of Birmingham through her non-profit organisation called the Malala Fund.
The brave 17-year-old, who is the youngest recipient of the Novel Peace Prize, said, “This peace prize is very important for me and it has really given me more hope, more courage, and I feel stronger than before because I see many people are with me.
“There are more responsibilities but I have also put responsibilities on myself. I feel I am answerable to God and to myself and that I should help my community. It’s my duty.”
She explained that she wants to serve her country and said, “My dream is that my country becomes a developed country and I see every child get an education.”
Malala, described as a “champion of peace”, also revealed today that she would consider pursuing politics as a career, and potentially aspire to be the prime minister of Pakistan one day, if it was the best medium through which to serve her country.