Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai announced Wednesday that she is donating $50,000 to rebuild schools in Gaza.
The amount represents the full proceeds of the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, sometimes called the “Children’s Nobel,” which the 17-year-old education activist was awarded in Sweden on Wednesday.
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Nearly two million children voted to give the award to Malala, as she is widely known, for her perilous activism for girls’ education rights. She is the first person to win the Nobel Peace Prize and World’s Children’s Prize in the same year.
“I am donating these funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances,” she said.
“The needs are overwhelming—more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future,” she added.