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Friday, 12 December 2014

Malala Yousafzai receives Nobel peace prize

Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai has received the Nobel Peace Prize, one of the world's most respected awards, at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

She has been recognised for her hard work promoting the right for girls to have an education.
Malala won it jointly with Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.
The prize judges described both winners as "champions of peace".
Malala said she was there to stand up for the rights of forgotten and frightened children, and raise their voice.
Kailash Satyarthi said receiving the prize was "a great opportunity" to further his work against child slavery.
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi (right) is sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Malala
Malala and Kailash received their awards from the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, in the presence of King Harald V of Norway.
They have split the $1.4m (£860,000) prize money.

Youngest ever winner

Malala, 17, is the youngest person to ever get the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was attacked by the Taliban, an extremist group, in Pakistan two years ago for her campaign work.
Malala was seriously injured in the attack, but she was flown to the UK for treatment and has recovered well.
She now goes to school in Birmingham and continues her campaigning.
Malala had brought other girls with her to Oslo with similar stories, among them two classmates shot alongside her by the Taliban.
"I will continue this fight until I see every child in school," she said during a speech during the ceremony.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of a number of Nobel prizes given to people or organisations who have made outstanding achievements in different areas.

From CBBC newsround

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