Pakistani student Malala Yousafsai will travel to Tipperary next week to receive the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award.
She 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.
Peace Convention secretary, Martin Quinn says that they are delighted that Malala is well enough to come and receive the award in person.
“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,” said Mr Quinn.
“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. Malala 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. It is ironic that 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 including former British prime minister, Gordon Brown.
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.
The Peace Prize will be presented to Malala on Tuesday August 20 at 9pm at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort. Members of the public wishing to attend the award ceremony may do so by reserving their seat for the event. TIRD/Chamber of Commerce has generously agreed to look after the reservation system and people can register by calling the Chamber Office on 062-31244 or at firstname.lastname@example.org