Swati girl narrowly looses out on Intl peace prize

14 year old Malala Yousafzai of Swat was nominated for the International Peace Award

14 year old Malala Yousafzai of Swat was nominated for the International Peace Award

A 14-year-old Swat girl was nominated for international peace prize for children in South Africa on Tuesday last by Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tuto, but a South African handicapped girl won the prize.

Despite losing the dream prize Malala Yousafzai, student of grade 8 from Gulkada, Mingora, is determined to fight for girls’ education and fulfil the noble cause for which she raised her voice.

Malala was one of the five nominees chosen out of 98 children that were put forward by organizations and individuals from 42 different countries. The News (a local Newspaper) learnt that Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, announced the five nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2011 in Cape Town on Tuesday. The prize is an initiative of the Dutch organisation Kids Rights and was launched by Kids Rights during 2005 Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev.

The International Children’s Peace Prize is presented annually to a child, whose courageous or otherwise remarkable acts have made a difference in countering problems, which affect children around the world. This year a child Michaela Mycroft (17) from South Africa was rewarded with the Children’s Peace Prize.

Malala who had focused on the right to education, in particular for girls which was banned during the Talibanisation in Pakistan dared to stand up for herself and other girls and used national and international media to let the world know girls should also have the right to go to school.

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