This year saw two winners pick up the Nobel Peace Prize, each as peaceful as the other, and each doing remarkable things for the education of young people all over the world. Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai have been awarded the 2014 prize in regards to their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. The belief that it is fundamental for the rights of children and young people to be respected in order to help peaceful global development is strongly supported by this year’s winners. The work that Satyarthi and Yousafzai have done in the past, and continuing to do so, is only the start to achieving fair education rights for all children and young people across the globe.
Yousafzai is the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize at the mere age of 17. She began campaigning for the fair education of girls in Pakistan and in 2012, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen as she was considered a ‘threat’. She’s gone on to give speeches at the United Nations and continues to act as a spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.
Jointly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize is Satyarthi who lives by Ghandi’s tradition of peaceful protest to bring attention to important issues. His use of peaceful protests and demonstrations were to highlight the exploitation happening to minors all over the world for financial gain. Satyarthi is the Founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (translated: “Save the Childhood Movement”). The charity campaigns for the protection of children and ensures that they have quality education. His organisation has rescued over 82,000 victims of human trafficking, slavery and child labour, and has re-integrated these victims back into society.
Some may take receiving an education for granted; these two individuals are fighting for those that don’t have that privilege. With the work that Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai have done, it means the world is one step closer to eliminating child labour and giving fair education rights to all. Now that’s something to raise our maths books to.
Words by Eliza Frost