Friday, October 10, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize honors the rights of all children to education

What good news to hear that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has been awarded jointly to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India.  At 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize.  She has championed education rights for girls and, even though she is a victim of gun violence, she has taken a strong stand of nonviolence in confronting violence and inequality.  Kailash Satyarthi has focused his work on ending child labor and child trafficking.  Both Nobel recipients share a passion for the right of children to education and the right to not be exploited by adults.

We at SOY also believe that children should not be subject to military recruitment in schools when they are younger than 18 years old.  As Malala has said and proven through her own life, the power of education is stronger than the power of a gun.

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