Gazette – October 2014

Last Friday must have been an exciting day at school for 17 year old Malala Yousafazai when called over by her Chemistry teacher to let her know she had just won the Nobel Peace Prize along with the children’s rights campaigner Kailish Satyarthi. Malala, the young girl whose high profile campaign encouraging girls to go to school, led to her being shot by Militants in Pakistan in October 2012. Thankfully, less than a year later, she was living in Britain, having staged a remarkable recovery thanks to surgeons in Birmingham who helped save her life. Since then, Malala has become a role model to women and girls in Wales and around the world.

Eager to continue at school and gain her A Levels, Malala understands the pathways that open up to young people when there is free access to a quality education and all children are given the equality of opportunity to succeed. The award was a message that the world is standing with her and is working to achieve her goal.

I was proud that a statement of opinion was tabled this week in the Welsh Assembly by my colleagues Lynne Neagle and Ann Jones to celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. We send good wishes from the people of Wales and support their continuing campaign against extremism and for the advancement of human rights.