Malala and the Nobel Peace Prize

A white dove - an international symbol of peace A white dove - an international symbol of peace The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi (India) and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan).



Go to the first link below, the Nobel Prize website, and find the video interview with the committee leader about this year’s winners of the reward.

  1. What reasons are given for winning the award?
  2. What religions do the two winners represent?
  3. How does the award send a message to Islam, according to the committee leader, Thorbjørn Jagland?
  4. What does Mr Jagland say about the focus of this year’s prize: is it focused on humanitarianism or human rights, or both?
  5. Is this year’s choice non-controversial around the world? What does Mr Jagland say about this?
  6. Watch the seven-minute long video again and evaluate the English of both the reporter and the committee leader. Listen carefully and give examples.



Go the New York Times article, read it and answer the questions below:

  1. What are some of the objections mentioned by people who were not that pleased with the awarding of the prize to Malala?
  2. What achievements is Mr Satyarthi being recognized for?
  3. What did the UN Director Ban Ki-moon mean when he said: “With her courage and determination, Malala has shown what terrorists fear most: a girl with a book.”
  4. What objections to recent decisions by the Nobel Prize committee does the Norwegian jurist Fredrik Heffermehl have?
  5. Point out some of the genre characteristics that show this is a feature article.



Write a text explaining why you think Malala and Mr Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and what effect, if any, you think this will have.