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Malala makes Pakistan proud: set to receive Harvard School’s award

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The youngest Noble Prize laureate and Pakistani social activist will be honored with the Gleitsman Award from Harvard Kennedy School. The school has named Malala Yousafzai for courageously spearheading the activities and efforts for girl’s education globally.

The school has nominated Malala Yousafzai for her dedication towards the cause and deemed her inspiration for millions of girls around the world. She has been entitled to the leadership award, for running a non-profit organization Malala Fund, that strives to equip girls to meet the modern day challenges and providing 12 years free, quality, and safe education to girls throughout the world.

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“Malala speaks powerfully to the strength and perseverance of women and girls who are oppressed,” said David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Center for Public Leadership. “Her remarkable story has inspired girls — and boys as well — to follow in her footsteps and has activated a generation of practitioners and legislators who are fighting for equality in their own communities.

“Alan Gleitsman, whose philanthropy made this award possible, believed in individuals whose vision inspired others to confront injustice,” Gergen continued. “He was an ardent supporter of Harvard Kennedy School’s efforts to cultivate the world’s youngest change makers and would be so pleased by today’s announcement.”

Each year, the award and prize money of $125,000 is given to an individual or team who has brought positive outcomes through their social actions in the United States of America and the world.

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Malala Yousafzai will be given the award on Thursday (today), Dec 6th, in a ceremony to be held at Harvard Kennedy School.

Yousafzai, since her miraculous recovery from deadly attack from the Taliban, has been crusading the journey for girl’s education. She became the youngest receiver of Noble Prize in 2014 just at the age of 17. Since then she has been garnering massive international support for her mission.