This essay was published in Medium shortly after the announcement. Feel free to click it, or just read her work below.
Courage and Hope
What the Nobel Peace Prize means to me.
Today, I was honored to learn I have been selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
I am proud I am the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize. It is an honour I share with Kailash Satyarthi — a hero in the fight for children globally. More than ever, our world needs more heroes like Kailash. His example makes me brave.
And I raise their voices, I stand together with them.
I believe they did this because they believe we are #StrongerThan any challenge. We are #StrongerThan fear. This award is courage and hope for me and all those who fight for education.
When I found out that I won today, I was in school, studying Chemistry. I told my teacher I needed to finish my school assignment. Education is my top priority. I was learning with my friends, where I believe every child should be. But 57 million of them are still out school. We still have a lot to do.
I am honoured to walk this road with Kailash. I am honoured to walk it with you.
I invite you to join our movement to break the cycle of poverty and empower girls through education at www.malala.org
Originally published at community.malala.org.