Malala Yousafzai honoured with 2018 Gleitsman Award

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NEW YORK: Youngest Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has urged students to passionately use their voices to enact change.

Addressing a ceremony at the Harvard Kennedy School where Yousafzai was awarded the 2018 Gleitsman Award from the Center for Public, she said “Right now, there are 130 million girls who do not have access to a quality education. We should all make it our challenge to challenge those critical views, all those religious beliefs, and all those cultures that deny us an education.”

The Harvard Kennedy School’s 2018 Gleitsman International Activist Award, which comes with a $125,000 prize was awarded to Yousafzai for her work promoting girls’ education.

The Gleitsman Award, whose previous recipients include South African President Nelson Mandela is awarded biennially to an individual who has “sparked positive social change and inspired others to do the same,” according to the Kennedy School’s website.

After accepting the award, Yousafzai gave a short speech followed by a discussion with the audience, moderated by Samantha Power, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations.

Urging politicians to be more “welcoming” and sympathetic to the plight of refugees, the young activist said, “I think, firstly, don’t greet refugees with tear gas,” she said. “We should not assume that it is these people’s fault that they are refugees.”

“We should not assume that it is the people’s fault that they are refugees,” she asserted.

She added that the threat of climate change should remind people of the shared humanity of refugees and other at-risk groups.

“We need to look at it from the human eye and be more welcoming and consider themselves as our brothers and sisters,” she added.

 

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