Two education advocates receiving this prestigious prize is a strong recognition of education as a force for peace. It shows the importance of children’s rights and the crucial role that youth and education can play for the betterment of their communities and countries.
Malala: an education advocate
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In June, Malala became a champion for the Global Partnership for Education which works in almost 60 low-income countries to ensure every child receives a basic education. In addition, the Malala Fund generously sponsored a group of young education activists to participate in the replenishment conference of the Global Partnership for Education which raised US$28.5 billion for global education.
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Kailash: a child rights advocate
Kailash Satyarthi is also the co-founder of the Global Campaign for Education which is a core member of the Global Partnership for Education. In 2009/10, he represented the civil society constituency at the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (at that time still called Fast Track Initiative) leading significant reforms that contributed to the success of the Global Partnership.
Listen to Kailash Satyarthi's interview on winning the Nobel Prize:
The Global Partnership for Education is delighted that Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi will be receiving the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
“We are proud and honored that both of these inspirational advocates are strong supporters of the Global Partnership for Education,” said Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education. “Malala is an extraordinary young woman; an undeterred defender and advocate of the right to education for all children, especially girls. We are honored to have her as a champion in our group of distinguished education advocates who support the Global Partnership for Education. We also congratulate Kailash Satyarthi, a former board member of the Global Partnership, who has devoted his life to end child labor and for better education for the children of South Asia,” Gillard added.
“The world needs the powerful voices of Malala and Kailash to draw attention to the many challenges faced by millions of children each day all over the world when trying to get an education”, said Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education. “The Global Partnership for Education will continue to stand with great pride behind these impressive education advocates,” Albright added.