Malala and Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Award
The Nobel Peace Prize this year was all about children as Pakistan‘s education activist Malala Yousafzai and India‘s child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize awards in Oslo on Wednesday.
“A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the World needs: more unity. Fraternity between the nations!” Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, said at the ceremony in Oslo.
Satyarthi, 60, was recognised by the Nobel committee for a 35-year battle to free thousands of children from virtual slave labour. “I refuse to accept that the World is so poor, when just one week of global military expenditure is enough to bring all of our children into classrooms,” he said after receiving the prize, he further added, “I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be stronger than the quest for freedom,” he added.
Satyarthi’s organisation ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ (Movement to Save Childhood) claims to have liberated more than 80,000 children from bonded labour in workshops and factories throughout India and it currently has a network of Child Rights Activists in over 100 countries. Child labour is not only prevalent in developing countries it is also present in the developed World. According to a report by International Labour Organization (ILO), there are nearly 168 million children being forced to work as labours around the World.
Malala at 17, on the other hand, became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for girls right to education, a quest that nearly cost her, her life two years ago.
the Nobel Peace Prize “is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. While speaking at the event she said,”I’m here to stand up for their rights, to raise their voice,” she said. “It is not time to pity them. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action, so it becomes the last time … that we see a child deprived of education.”
The Two peace prize winners also received a total sum of $1.4m (£860,000) as prize money, which will be split between the two Laureates.Before the award ceremony, Malala and Yousafzai had met with 7,000 Norwegian children aged between six and 14 in the heart of Oslo.
At the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies on 10 December every year, the Nobel Laureates receive three things: a Nobel Diploma, a Nobel Medal and a document confirming the Nobel Prize amount. Each Nobel Diploma is a unique work of art, created by foremost Swedish and Norwegian artists and calligraphers. The Nobel Medals are handmade with careful precision and in 18 carat green gold plated with 24 carat gold. Alfred Nobel left most of his estate, more than SEK 31 million (today approximately SEK 1,702 million) to be converted into a fund and invested in “safe securities.” The income from the investments was to be “distributed annually in the form of prizes to those who during the preceding year have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.”The Nobel Prize amount for 2014 is set at Swedish kronor (SEK) 8.0 million per full Nobel Prize.
The Oslo Times