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Il Centro di Ateneo per i Diritti Umani dell'Università di Padova e la Cattera UNESCO Diritti Umani, Democrazia e Pace presso la stessa Università plaudono all'avvenuta assegnazione del Premio Nobel per la Pace a Malala Yousafzai del Pakistan e all'indiano Kailash Satyarthi.
Sono inoltre lieti di diffondere le dichiarazioni rilasciate dalla Signora Irina Bokova, Direttore Generale dell'UNESCO, riguardo ai Premio Nobel per la Pace 2014:
"My heartfelt congratulations go out to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The award of the Peace Prize to these two ardent defenders of education and human rights sends a resounding message to the world about the importance of education for building peaceful and sustainable societies. UNESCO works closely with both Nobel laureates.
Kailash Satyarthi is a close friend of UNESCO and has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labour since 1980. As founder and president of the Global Campaign for Education and of the Global March Against Child Labour, he has worked with passion and courage to fulfill every child’s right to education.
After being shot and struggling for her life for speaking out about the right to attend school, Malala is known to the world for her courage and commitment. She stands with us in the struggle for universal education, especially for girls.
We are proud that these two champions have been honoured with the Prize. This prize is a clear recognition of the fact that peace depends on quality education, and particularly on the education of girls. This basic right is under attack nowadays, schools are targeted and in many parts of the world students are prevented from going to school. We must fight with all we have to protect schools and make them safe havens of development and tolerance,”.
“This prize is particularly significant for UNESCO. It is the Nobel Prize for education for peace. It is the Nobel of girls’ right to education. It is the Nobel Prize of all the women and men around the world who are dedicated to ensuring that the basic human right to quality education becomes a reality. Women nowadays represent two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population. Thirty-one millions young girls still do not have access to primary education and and an equal number of them are deprived of secondary education. Educating these girls is a world priority, a lever of social change and development, the condition for lasting peace. The Nobel Prize comes as an encouragement for us to redouble our efforts to ensure that no child is deprived of education”.