Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Nobel Peace Prize winner, is donating a $50,000 award to the United Nations to help rebuild schools in Gaza damaged during the recent conflict with Israel, Telegraph UK reports.
The 17-year-old Pakistani activist for girls' education was collecting another prestigious award, World's Children's Prize, in Stockholm when she said that she would be giving away the money.
"Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long," said Malala. "We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace."
The schools that will be helped by her funds were struck by Israeli shells during a seven-week operation to root out Palestinian extremists. Israel claimed that the militants were using schools and mosques as cover to fire missiles into Palestine, allegations denied by the UN.
"The needs are overwhelming - more than half of Gaza's population is under 18 years of age," Malala said in a statement released by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). "They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future."