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Terri Harel
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On the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

What is left to be said of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi? Their duality and their shared purpose, for which they are receiving the coveted award, have been effervescently noted by the Nobel Committee and circulated through every congratulatory announcement – including by the President.

Deservingly, the highest words of praise have been spoken about them and this momentous achievement. But there is something about these laureates that makes up the most incredible part of their story. That something is simple:

The Nobel Peace Prize is, without a doubt, not their life-defining achievement. It isn’t the highlight of their career as activists and it certainly isn’t at the heart of their passion or work.

It’s this truth that is both beautiful and inspiring. It’s why we believe in Classy.

It’s doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.

It’s speaking up, even when it is a dangerous and difficult to speak.

It’s standing for something, and even for people we don’t know or will never meet.

Adopting these principles as life’s purpose, as Ms. Yousafzai and Mr. Satyarthi so nobly do, initiates change and creates impact. Clearly, this isn’t done without risk, hard work and, most of all, perseverance.

There isn’t much left to say about the Nobel Peace Laureates that hasn’t already been said (and with much more eloquence, besides). The selfless work of such individuals – and there are many such individuals – animates our belief in a better tomorrow.

As Malala has said,

If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don’t get it, it’s not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child.

A huge congratulations to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi and a even bigger thank you for their courageous work in children’s rights and education.

#Classyis Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi.

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