Sixteen-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, had been the favorite to win. But the prize was instead awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for its efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.
PBS NewsHour chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner interviewed Yousafzai on Friday at the World Bank in Washington D.C. When asked about the Nobel Committee’s decision, Malala expressed happiness about merely being nominated. “If I get an award, if I get a paper, it does not matter, because when I look at the prayers of people and their support and how much they love me, I think that is the biggest prize that I have ever received,” Yousafzai said to Warner.
“I have a prize in my mind that — for which I’ll struggle …The prize that is the award [is] to see every child to go to school. And I’ll serve my whole life for that.”
Malala answered a question about her future plans posed by a student in PBS NewsHour Extra’s Student Reporting Labs project.
PBS NewsHour reporter/producer Larisa Eptako reports from a refugee camp in Algeria on the International Day of the Girl.
- Malala tweets for education.
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