ISLAMABAD: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced that she would donate $50,000 towards rebuilding schools in Gaza. Malala was speaking in Stockholm where she received the World’s Children’s Prize. She announced that she would donate all the prize money to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, Anadolu News Agency reported. In her speech, Malala said: “I am honoured to announce that my World’s Children’s prize money will go to help students and schools in an especially difficult place in Gaza.” She said the UN agency was performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances. The needs are overwhelming as 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, she added. The money will help rebuild 65 schools that were damaged in the recent Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2014.