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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban, has donated $50,000 (nearly £31,000) towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza.
The Nobel peace prize winner, speaking after receiving the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the child in Marienfred, Sweden, on Wednesday, said the money would be channelled through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA to help rebuild 65 schools in the Palestinian territory.
Malala, who now lives in the UK and has her own fund to help small-scale organisations in a number of countries, including Pakistan, told journalists that children in Gaza had suffered from conflicts and war. The money would help children get “quality education” and continue their life, knowing they were not alone and that people were supporting them, she said.
And the UN is pretty psyched at the move:
So, any word from the UN on how they’ll prevent this new Malala-school from becoming another alleged rocket-pad for use in attacks against Israel?
Also of note, before today’s announcement, Ms. Yousafzai had been criticized by some for avoiding Gaza as an issue:
Does this fix her image?