Malala Nobel peace prize inspires local schoolkids
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE awarding of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to the teenage activist, Malala Yousafzai, is poised to inspire Nigerian schoolchildren facing amid rising terror challenges, Human Rights Watch said.
The 17-year-old, a supporter of a local campaign to demand the freeing of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria was honoured recently.
“As the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of the challenges students face amid internal conflict and war,” said Bede Sheppard, deputy children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement.
“The Nobel Committee’s recognition of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi should increase our commitment to ensuring that all children can attend school safely, no matter where they live.”
Sheppard said in 2012, the year Yousafzai was shot, government armed forces and non-state armed groups attacked students, teachers, or schools in at least 22 countries, including Nigeria.
“In some cases, armed groups target teachers and schools because they see them as symbols of the government. In other cases, groups carry out attacks because they oppose what is being taught, or to whom.”
In April, members of the notorious Boko Haram sect kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Borno State.
Efforts to rescue the girls have been futile to date.
Yousafzai visited Nigeria in July to express solidarity with the girls.
– CAJ News
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