ARK Kings Students Reflect on Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize Win

ARK Kings Academy students Makalia and Sufiyan with 2014 Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai for BBC News School Report interview

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education campaigner shot on school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman, has won the 2014 Nobel peace prize.

Malala won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist. Malala is the youngest ever person to receive the honour.

Earlier this year, two of our students, Makalia and Sufiyan, were given a unique opportunity to meet Malala earlier in the summer for the BBC News School Report project. Students asked them about her passion for education and young people’s rights, as well as comparing notes on life in Birmingham, preparing for exams, and annoying little brothers!

We caught up with Makalia and Sufiyan to find out their reaction to Malala’s historic win.

Makalia said, “I think it’s very well deserved after all she’s been through. It shows she’s a really good person, like Ghandi or Martin Luther King. I would like to tell her that she inspired me very much to be a better person seeing as she nearly sacrificed her life for people she didn’t even know. I think Malala winning the Nobel peace prize will have a positive effect around the world.”

Sufiyan said, “I’m not shocked that she’s won because I think she deserves the Nobel peace prize because she’s promoting equal rights for men and women at the same as saying that everyone deserves an education. Malala winning the prize will help more people take notice of her and more people with realise that she has got a valid point and action needs to be taken on it.”

You can watch the original BBC News School Report interview online.