Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani awarded the first National Peace Award for Youth to Malala Yousufzai, a teenage girl from swat, for her courageous and outstanding services for the promotion of education and peace under extremely hostile conditions in Malakand Division. The Prime Minister also gave cash amount of Rs.0.5 million to Malala Yousufzai.
The Prime Minister congratulated Malala Yousufzai and her parents for her courageous stand and reaching out to her classmates to carry on with their studies despite then prevailing situation which was fraught with dangers.
On request of Malala Yousufzai, the Prime Minister also directed that an IT campus be set-up in Degree College for Women, Swat, in order to provide higher and computer education to the female students.
It may be recalled that Malala Yousufzai encouraged her fellow students to continue their studies despite the threats perpetrated by the militants/extremists before and after the military operation in Malakand Division.
It may also be added that Malala Yousufzai was one of the selectee out of 148 children from all over the world for the International Peace Prize held in South Africa. She was short listed among the top five contenders for the Prize.
Malala is the first recipient of the National Peace Award for Youth and in future, as announced by the Prime Minister, the Award will be named as “National Malala Peace Prize” which will be given to the outstanding youth, both girls and boys, below of 18 years of age.
Cabinet Secretary, Ms. Nargis Sethi, said that Malala Yousufzai was the role-model for the youth of Pakistan who rendered such a unique role for the promotion of education during her tender age.
Parents and family members of Malala Yousufzai were also present on the occasion.
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