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Malala's Children's Prize money to rebuild Gaza schools

Published onsdag 29 oktober 2014 kl 15.32
Updated onsdag 29 oktober 2014 kl 18.13
"The children in Gaza need our help right now"
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Malala Yousafzai receives the World Children's Prize, Photo: Anders Wiklund / TT

Malala Yousafzai received the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child in Mariefred in Sweden today, saying the USD 50,000 in prize money would go to rebuild schools in Gaza.

“Those children in Gaza need our support right now,” she told the press, “because they have faced so many conflicts and war.”

The aid would be channeled through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA to rebuild 65 schools in the Palestinian territory.

The Pakistani teen, who was shot by the Taliban in her country because of her fight for girls’ rights to education, received the votes of millions of children. She is the first person to win the Children's Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.

She shares the children's award with two honorary laureates: Former Microsoft executive John Wood, who has spent 15 years working for books, school libraries, and schools for millions of children, along with Indira Ranamagar of Nepal who has fought for 20 years for the rights of the children of convicts to education and to live outside of prisons.

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