OSLO, Norway (NBC/APTN/EBU) — The Nobel Peace Prize co-winners from Pakistan and India were presented with the gold medals Wednesday. Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai and Indian Kailash Satyarthi attended a charity event before the ceremony where they received the Nobel Prize. Organized by save the children, Yousafzai and Satyarthi stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions.
Following the event, both were escorted in Oslo’s town hall to receive their prizes by the head of the Nobel committee. Both awardees are activists for children’s rights.
Yousafzai almost died for her fight for the right of girls to receive an education in Pakistan, and Satyarthi leads a campaign in India for children to go to school instead of being forced to work.
“If some of us get deprived of their rights, if some of us do not have access to quality education, then we are not able to go forward. So, if you want all of us to succeed, then we have to take care of each other, and we have to support each other,” said Yousafzai. “So let’s stand up for every child’s rights, who are deprived of their education, and let’s see the day, let’s see the day, when every child, every child, would be getting quality education. Thank you.”
“Each time when I go to rescue a child, I think that he is the most beautiful child on the Earth. I think that he is my own child. If my own son or my daughter is entrapped and enslaved and sold like (an) animal, cannot meet me and my wife, what would I do?” said Satyarthi. “I cannot wait for a single minute; I will go immediately and rescue those children.”