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Malala donates $50,000 to rebuild schools in Gaza after winning the World's Children's Prize

Malala Yousafzai donated the $50,000 prize money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Credit: ANDERS WIKLUND / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 (£31,300) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to help rebuild schools in Gaza after winning the World's Children's Prize.

The 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner donated the prize money to help "those children who suffer from the conflict".

Speaking after she collected the honour, the teenage campaigner said it would help the agency, which is responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees, to rebuild 65 schools.

Malala, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban when she was just 15, said she hoped providing a quality education would "help them to continue their lives" and show the children "they are not alone."

I'm feeling really happy that this time children have selected a child to win this prize.

It's the first time, so it's amazing that now children are believing that children need to take a step and go forward into and fight for their rights.

– Malala Yousafzai

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl thanked Malala for her "generosity and solidarity":

The only other person to win both the Nobel Peace Prize and the World Children's Prize is Nelson Mandela.

Malala, who earlier this month became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is the only person to have received both hours in the same year.