Malala Yousafzai receives Harvard award for activism

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Malala Yousafzai

December 06, 2018 08:51 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye) was honored Thursday by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education.

Yousafzai received the 2018 Gleitsman Award from Harvard's Kennedy School.

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Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 when she was recognized for her global work supporting schooling for all children.

As a teen in Pakistan, she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She later founded the nonprofit Malala Fund to support her work.

Harvard officials say her story has inspired a generation of boys and girls to follow in her footsteps.

Now 21, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

The Gleitsman Award provides $125,000 for activism that has improved quality of life around the world.

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