Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala shares dream of a future where “every child is going to school”

Children’s rights advocates Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, who both campaign for giving children access to an education and against their exploitation for financial gain, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai, an education and women’s rights activist from Pakistan, meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Aug. 18, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The Nobel Peace Prize Committee purposefully chose recipients from India and Pakistan – two politically rival countries – to emphasize strength in unity to promote education and combat extremism.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Yousafzai a “brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.” Of Satyarthi’s work, Ban said, “the world has moved from denial about abusive child labor to acknowledgement, awareness and action.”

Satyarthi thanked the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, saying on Indian news channel NDTV, “If with my humble efforts the voice of tens of millions of children in the world who are living in servitude is being heard, congratulations to all.” Yousafzai, 17, is the youngest recipient of the peace prize since its inception in 1901. She and Satyarthi will split the $1.1 million prize.

Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi gestures to journalists at his home office in New Delhi after the announcement of him receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 10. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

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