On October 10, 2014, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced they will award the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, both noted activists for children’s rights. At 17, Yousafzai is the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Yousafzai is recognized as an advocate for children’s right to an education, particularly in the Middle East. She gained global attention after being shot by a Taliban gunman in her school bus in northern Pakistan. She currently resides in England where she continues to spread her message about the importance of education for peace. She also established the Malala Fund, a nonprofit geared towards girls’ education.
Satyarthi has devoted his life to ending the use of child workers. He founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an organization in India that works to free child laborers and provide them with an education. His organization is credited with freeing more than 80,000 children from child labor in the past 4 decades and has worked to eliminate child labor in India’s carpet industry.
The Schubert Center for Child Studies applauds the Nobel Committee for sending this strong message recognizing the importance of children’s rights and voices throughout the globe. Schubert Center Faculty Associate Brian Gran is a noted expert on children’s rights. In 2012, he was awarded a Fulbright award to study children’s rights in Iceland.