Ashoka is honoured to announce the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday, October 10, 2014 to Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi from India, and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai a passionate advocate for education.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two "for their struggle against the suppression of young people and for the right of all children to an education".
Kailash Satyarthi is the renowned leader in the global movement against child labor. He was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993. Muhammad Yunus, a member of the Ashoka Global Academy, was awarded the Nobel for his work in 2006 which transformed banking by enabling financial inclusion of the poor through microfinance. These social entrepreneurs demonstrate the power of social entrepreneurship to identify systems changing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Ashoka was founded by Bill Drayton in 1981 and is the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs with over 3000 fellows working in 80 countries supporting an “Everyone a Changemaker World .”
The 2014 prize has connections to the work of two Ashoka Fellows. Before becoming a global advocate for equal access to education for girls, Malala Yousafzai worked closely at Ashoka Fellow Mohamad Ali's school, Khpal Kor in Swat, Pakistan. This school provided Malala and other girls like her access to education where the opportunities for education were extremely limited. Malala was speaker of the UNICEF sponsored "District Child Assembly" that Mohamad started to give children a voice, and allowed Malala the opportunity to hone her changemaking skills at an early age. The author of a memoir, “ I am Malala,” she is a passionate advocate for peace and education for girls.