Malala Yousafzai Donates World Children’s Prize Money to Rebuild Gaza Schools

Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year old education activist from Pakistan who gained worldwide fame after surviving multiple gunshot wounds in an attack by the Taliban.

On October 10th, she became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in championing the right to equal education for all children.

This past Wednesday (Oct. 29), Malala received another award for her work: the World Children’s Prize, which came with a $50,000 cash prize.

Malala Yousafzai receives the World's Children's Prize from Queen Silvia of Sweden on Oct. 29, 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Anders Wiklund)

Malala Yousafzai receives the World’s Children’s Prize from Queen Silvia of Sweden on Oct. 29, 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Anders Wiklund)

In her acceptance speech, Malala announced that she would be donating all of that prize money to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. The money will go towards helping to rebuild 83 schools in Gaza that were damaged during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas.

“Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace,”

 

she said at the event on Wednesday.

This isn’t the first time Malala has given away her prize money. In fact, it isn’t even the first time this month.

Just last week, she donated a $100,000 prize she received along with the U.S. Liberty Medal in Philadelphia to help fund educacation and huminatarian relief efforts in her home country of Pakistan.

Read the original story from the International Business Times.

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