Malala donates $50,000 prize money to Gaza school

Malala donates $50,000 prize money to Gaza school
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30 October, 2014
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai says her $50,000 World Children's Prize will go to rebuild a UN school in Gaza.
Malala Yousafzai shared this year's Nobel Peace Prize [Getty]

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for promoting girls' rights in her native Pakistan, has pledged to donate $50,000 to rebuild a UN school in Gaza damaged during Israel's assault on the Palestinian coastal strip over the summer.

The UNRWA says that Malala is donating all of the proceeds of the $50,000 World Children's Prize, which she collected in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The agency, which assists Palestinian refugees, quoted Malala as saying that Palestinian children deserve a quality education. "Without education, there will never be peace," said the Pakistani activist.

Several of Gaza's UN schools were damaged or destroyed during the 50-day war this summer.

Malala, 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago. She had been targeted for her work campaigning to get girls to stay in education, and has continued her work since recovering.