Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old advocate for girls’ education, has donated $50,000 in prize money to rebuild a Gaza school that was damaged in the Israel-Hamas war.
Yousafzai was awarded the World Children’s Prize in Stockholm on Wednesday (Oct. 29).
Upon the announcement to donate her winnings, Yousafzai was quoted as saying "without education, there will never be peace."
The young woman gained international attention in 2012 after surviving a gunshot to the head in a Taliban attack. She had been arguing with a militant that girls deserved the same educational opportunities as boys.
Yousafzai also became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy against child slavery, extremism and child labor this year.
She is the first person to be awarded the World Children’s Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
Publication date: October 30, 2014