At age 17, Malala Yousafzai – an education campaigner who was shot by the Taliban while on a school bus in 2012 – has become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Pakistan-born Malala and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi were awarded $1.11 million by Thorbjoern Jagland, who is chairman of the Nobel committee and the former prime minister of Norway.
Malala, who moved to the UK for medical treatment and now studies at Edgebaston High School in Birmingham, found out the news while she was at school on Friday.
The Nobel Peace Prize’s official Twitter account announced the news at 10am on Friday from the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
“BREAKING NEWS: The #nobelprize2014 in Peace is awarded to Indian Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani Malala Yousafzay,” read the post.
Kailash Satyarthi, who shares the prize with Malala, is a 60-year-old children’s rights campaigner who has been involved in the Indian movement against child labour since the 1990s.
Malala has been awarded for her bravery and dedication to promoting education for women numerous times since her attempted assasination two years ago.
In September 2013 she received the Leadership in Civil Society Award from Queen Rania of Jordan at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Citizen Awards Dinner in New York.
Angelina Jolie has also spoken of her admiration for the schoolgirl, pledging to donate money to her fund and saying: “After reading an article, I felt compelled to share Malala’s story with my children. It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.”