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Nobel Prize Call to Action on Power of Education for Peace
On 10 October, the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
This Award pays tribute to the outstanding commitment of Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay to promote education as a basic human right for all and to the unique courage that they have brought to taking this forward.
The award of the Peace Prize to these two ardent defenders of education sends out a resounding message to the world on the importance of education for building peaceful and sustainable societies, said Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director-General.
This is especially important today, when some 58 million children are out of school, more than half are girls -- and close to the same number of children are out of secondary school, and as schools are being increasingly attacked. These developments throw a shadow over the sustainable development of entire societies, as countries accelerate to meet the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All objectives by 2015.
This Nobel Peace Prize recognizes the power of education for peace. Education is essential for human dignity and fulfilment, for more resilient societies, and for inclusive sustainable development. These are the foundations for lasting peace, as expressed in the UNESCO Constitution, almost 70 years ago.
Education is a force for teaching respect and tolerance, for deepening mutual understanding and for building new bridges of dialogue, as well as for eradicating poverty, said the UNESCO Director-General. The strongest foundation for peace lies in respect for the equal dignity of every girl and boy, every woman and man, and this is why education is so essential."
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