Prem Rawat is an ambassador of peace who uses wise words to nurture the value of living in serenity among people. One of his messages of peace says, “Happiness is your own treasure because it lies within you.” This means that if a person has peace within, it is possible to have unlimited happiness every day.
The Nobel Peace Prize is an award which is attributed to those who strive to maintain global harmony. Most Nobel Peace laureates are adults, who have made many efforts to help humanity.
However, Alfred Nobel did not set an age limit to receive the prize. Anyone, old or young, may become a Nobel Peace Prize laureate as long as they have taken outstanding initiatives to maintain peace in the world. In other words, it is possible to win the prize regardless of one's age. Who is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient?
The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner is a girl from Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan lived in Swat Valley which was famous for its festivals. Every summer, several tourists visit her hometown to attend the Kalam festivals there. The festival,which is also known as the Swat Summer festival, is a cultural festival.
It takes place from late July to mid-August.Swat Valley is about 100 kilometers from Swat City, Pakistan. Despite being a popular tourist spot, the Taliban soon began to take control over the region.
Malala's family background
Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai is from a lower-middle class, Sunni Muslim family. Her father's name is Ziauddin Yousafzai, and her mother is Tor Pekai Yousafzai. They belong to the Pashtun ethnic group. Her father was a theology teacher at a public high school.
In addition, he was also an educational activist. Malala has 2 siblings, Atal and Khushal Yousafzai.
The Taliban rebels attacked her school
Malala attended the Khushal Girls High School and College in her hometown. However, it was attacked by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, which eventually led to its closure. In her village, girls are normally deprived of the rights to education. At the age of 17, Malala defied the Taliban as she dared to speak out for the rights of girls to have access to education in 2012.
Feeling angry, the Taliban shot at her on her school bus and the bullet struck the thinnest bone of her skull. The incident left her in a coma for 72 hours at the Peshawar hospital in Pakistan. Her condition was critical, and doctors were afraid she might not be able to survive the injury. Yet, she could miraculously survive.
Then, Malala spoke out for peace
Malala became a Nobel Peace Prize laureate only at the age of 17. In her speech, she insisted on women's necessity to “be independent to fight” for their rights for education in order to have a bright future.
Like the ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, Malala strives for peace building and education. Later, at the age of 20, Malala continues her studies at Oxford University to study philosophy, politics and economics or PPE.