The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 recognizes childrens’ rights to education


The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle for the right of all children to education, as well as against the suppression of children and young people.

During his keynote speech at the recent ABED conference in Brazil, the ICDE’s Secretary General highlighted the African proverb that ‘if you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’.

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He also highlighted ‘Better Life, Better Future’, a UNESCO global partnership for girls’ and women’s education. The UNESCO report explains the many positives for providing quality education, including:

  • Improves child nutrition and health

  • Reduces early marriages and pregnancies

  • Increases job opportunities

  • Leads to faster growth

  • Increases tolerance and understanding

  • Increases awareness and sensitisation about environmental issues

The ICDE Secretary General explained that open education has the power to transform lives, and big governments and small governments alike are realizing that open education is the key to providing quality education for all.

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

The Norwegian Nobel Committee Children decided to award The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 to Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi as all children must go to school and not be financially exploited. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected.

Kailash Satyarthi has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.

The Nobel Committee regarded it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. The struggle against suppression and for the rights of children and adolescents contributes to the realization of the "fraternity between nations" that Alfred Nobel mentions in his will as one of the criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize.