Education is the only way to peace says Tipp Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai

On October 9th last year Taliban gunmen boarded a school bus and shot Malala at point blank range.One bullet lodged in her skull.Malala was rushed to hospital where Pakistani surgeons saved her life.

On October 9th last year Taliban gunmen boarded a school bus and shot Malala at point blank range.One bullet lodged in her skull.Malala was rushed to hospital where Pakistani surgeons saved her life.

Malala, was hit just above her left eye by a bullet that grazed the edge of her brain.

She was airlifted to Britain and treated at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital,

The teenager has remained in the UK where she returned to school in March and continues to campaign for every child’s right to education

Malala was attacked by the Taliban after speaking out on her BBC blog which she started at the age of eleven, about female education in Pakistan.

Malala is now based in the UK and celebrated her 16th birthday last month.

‘Time’ Magazine last year named her as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world and the world’s most influential teenager.She has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.

At the ceremony Minister of State at the Department of foreign Affairs Joe Costello said Malala was in inspiration.

“I applaud her singular bravery and I am delighted her efforts to champion human rights in the face of intimidation and adversity have been honoured.She must be the bravest young woman in the world” he said.

Like everybody else around the world when the incident became known he was shocked to learn that a young girl, who had campaigned for the rights of girls to go to school, was shot in the head and left for dead.

Minister Costello said he greatly admired Malala for continuing her campaign for the fundamental right to education for boys and girls all over the world.

Malala told the invited guests to the Ballykisteen function that terrorists came to her home in the beautiful Swat valley in Pakistan in 2007 and ruled that no girl should go to school.They slaughtered women and children anbd blasted homes and all the schools.

“They took us out of paradise and into hell” said Malala.

Praising the officers of the Tipperary Peace Convention for their role in promotiong peace Malala said peace was not only the absence of war it was also the absence of fear.

“Some people think they can act now with a gun or go to war.I believe education is the only way to peace” she said.

Malala said education not only equipped young people with knowledge of normal school subjects but that it was in the classroom that the important values of patience,tolerance and justice are taught.

”It’s a long way to Tipperary,It’s a long way to peace,Long live Pakistan, Long live Ireland” said Malala.