Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has donated US$50,000 to rebuild a United Nations school in Gaza which was damaged during this summer’s Israel-Hamas war, the UN said.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said Malala was donating all the World’s Children’s Prize award which she collected in Sweden yesterday.
UNRWA quoted Malala as saying Palestinian children deserve a quality education, and that “without education, there will never be peace”.
Dozens of Gaza’s UN schools were damaged or destroyed during the 50-day war. Israel says it fired near schools in response to Hamas attacks from the areas.
The 17-year-old Malala won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for promoting girls’ rights in her native Pakistan.
She survived a shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago.