Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai is to travel to Tipperary next week to receive the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award.
Malala will be accompanied by her father Ziauddin and will receive the specially commissioned Crystal Dove of Peace at a ceremony at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort on Tuesday night.
Malala made world headlines when she was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. She miraculously survived the attempt and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Britain for treatment, where she has made a remarkable recovery.
Peace Convention Secretary, Martin Quinn, says that they are delighted that Malala is well enough to come and receive the award in person and that they are very much looking forward to welcoming her to Tipperary.
“The award to her of the Tipperary International Peace Prize recognises her courage, determination and perseverance, along with the impact that she has had on so many people across the world.
Malala’s courage has proved to be an inspiration around the globe. The right to education is denied to 61 million children of primary school age around the world and the hopes of these children are represented by the qualities that she displays and by the voice that is Malala Yousafzai. It is ironic that an idol of Malala’s was the first Pakistani native to receive the Tipperary Peace Award. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan the late Benazir Bhutto, received the award posthumously following her assassination in December 2007.
Following the attempt on Malala’s life her campaign to secure access to education for every child has grown into a world wide campaign and has received the backing of many world leaders.
Tipperary Peace Convention hopes that the awarding of the Peace Prize to Malala will encourage those in power to continue to speak out in support of her vision of equal access for every child in school so that each and every one of them can reach their full potential.