Honouring Malala Yousafzai’s own wish, the school uniform she wore when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October 2012, has become part of the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition 2014 – Malala and Kailash at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, the Nobel Peace Centre said in a press release.
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai are awarded the the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
The two Nobel Peace Prize laureates open the exhibition Thursday 11 December. It opens to the public the next day, Friday 12 December at noon. The Nobel Peace Center then continues the celebrations, and offer free entry for all throughout the year.
“My school uniform is very important to me because when I was going to school I would wear it. The day I was attacked I was wearing this uniform. I was fighting for my right to go to school, I was fighting for my right to get education. Wearing a uniform made me feel that yes, I am a student, I am doing it, practically. It is an important part of my life, now I want to show it to children, to people all around the world. This is my right, it is the right of every child, to go to school. This should not be neglected,” says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai in an interview made for the exhibition.
“Malala’s blood-stained uniform is a strong and heartbreaking symbol of the forces many girls are fighting for the right to go to school”, says Bente Erichsen, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center. “The uniform has been kept by the family since the attempted murder in October 2012, and we are grateful that Malala has chosen to show it to the public in our exhibition.”
The making of the official Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition is an annual production that spans a mere eight weeks, from the announcement in October to the Nobel Days in December. This is the tenth consecutive Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition, filling the entire first level of the museum in Oslo, Norway.