5 Reasons to be excited by this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Winners

1) The Young shall Inherit the Earth

At just 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest ever winner.

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2) The Recognition of the Role of Children in Peace and Development    

Cycles of violence and poverty often repeat over generations, and both Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are fierce advocates of children’s rights, who often hold the key to ensure peace in the coming years.

 

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© UNICEF Ethiopia/ Creative Commons license

 

4) Cultural and Religious Harmony                                                                                                              

The sharing of the Nobel Peace Prize by Yousafzai and Satyarthi has been seen as a symbolic victory for a number of reasons. Ever since the 1947 Partition of the subcontinent into the countries of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), West Pakistan and India, there has been a history of political unease and even wars between the countries of India and Pakistan, where our Nobel Peace Prize Winners hail from. Moreover, the entire basis of the separation of Pakistan from India was the idea of a religious dichotomy. So the fact that a Muslim Pakistani and a Hindu Indian currently share the world’s highest accolade represents a multicultural and pluralistic victory for both nations and carries a powerful message: regardless of national identity or religious affiliation, children’s rights to education and the right to be free of oppression and slavery are universal ones that transcend difference.

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3) School getting in the way of a prompt acceptance statement

Malala

5) Lessons to Learn in Humility

Kailash Satyarthi is famously quoted as saying that he did not think he was famous enough to invite the Prime Minister of India to the Prize Ceremony: “I am nobody to invite the PMs of India and Pakistan… I know my limits“.

 

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