Malala donates $50,000 to Gaza school

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29 October 2014.  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced she is donating US$ 50,000 to rebuild an UNRWA school damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza.

Ms. Yousafzai made the announcement in Stockholm, where she accepted the prestigious World's Children's Prize. The amount represents all the prize money.

Ms. Yousafzai said UNRWA was performing heroic work  to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances.

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, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said.

This funding will help rebuild the 65 schools damaged during the recent conflict. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful, she said in her statement in Stockholm.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, said this kindness will do much to ease the pain of UNRWA students.

“Recognition by you, a Nobel Laureate, who has shown so much personal courage and has campaigned so valiantly for the essential right of a child to receive an education, will lift the spirits of a quarter of a million UNRWA students in Gaza and boost the morale of our more than 9,000 teaching staff there", Mr. Krähenbühl said.

Photo: UN/Mark Garten.