Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)
At the International Children's Peace Prize 2013, the following speakers were present:
Malala was already nominated in 2011 for her fight to give girls across the world access to education. At the beginning of 2012, the Expert Committee took a unanimous decision to award the prize to Malala in 2013.
Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, has risked her life in the fight for access to education for girls all over the world. Malala was presented the International Children's Peace Prize 2013 by human rights activist Tawakkol Karman from Yemen, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011.
This organisation focuses on the education of vulnerable children and the promotion of children’s rights in the Swat District, where Malala grew up. Malala was the speaker of the Child Assembly of the organisation, where she made her first steps to become a children’s rights activist.
In this project, emphasis is placed on education for everyone and especially girls, without discrimination. Teacher training is at the core of several programs. The organisation concentrates wholly on the Sindh Province in Pakistan, where education falls short in many cases, particularly in remote and poor areas.
Roots for Equitiy and Sojhla are jointly implementing the Ilm Mera Haql (Education is My Right) project. This project aims to increase awareness about girls’ right to education, with a focus on the education of disadvantaged children in Pakistan’s three large religious communities (Hindu, Christian and Muslim).
Children First operates in the Layyah District and Punjab Province, where many children work in the cotton industry. Aside from the scarcity of good schools, this is considered to be the most important reason why children do not go to school. It is possible to break out of this vicious circle by providing education. Three education and development centers will be set up.