Kailash Satyarthi (60) from India and Malala Yousafzai (17) from Pakistan was announced as this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureates by the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjørn Jagland.
They received the award for their struggle against the oppression of children and youth and for the right to education for all children.
– Today, in the current global situation, I think it’s important to highlight those persons that give young people a hope and let them go to school, rather than employed in negative activities around the world, said Jagland.
Will comment after school
At 17, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient ever of the prize. She became known to the world after she was shot by the Taliban for writing a blog on girls' right to education.
In an announcement it was made known that she will make a statement at 4:30 pm GMT, as she wants to finish her day at school.
«Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations», the Committee said in a statement.
Satyarthi has not yet been available for comment.
«Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights», the Committee said.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee received 278 candidates for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. This is the highest number ever. 47 of these were organizations.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded since 1901. Here is a list of all previous laureates.
In 2013 the prize was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).