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Malala: Nobel prize 'would be a great opportunity'

A Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to have access to education has been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"I have Malala Yousafzai on top," Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of Oslo-based peace research institute PRIO, told reporters ahead of the annual awards that start today.

Speaking to the BBC's Panorama programme, the 16-year-old said of the prospect:

"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 education of every child."

Malala believes British girls take education for granted

Malala Yousafzai now lives and attends school in Birmingham
Malala Yousafzai now lives and attends school in Birmingham Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban believes British girls take their education for granted.

Malala Yousafzai, who now lives in Birmingham, was campaigning for female education in Pakistan before being shot.

She told the BBC: "Yes I believe that [girls take education for granted], and I want to tell the students of UK to think that it is very precious, it's very prestigious, go to school."

"Reading a book, having a pen in our hands, studying, sitting in a classroom is something very special for us."

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Taliban 'may be regretting that they shot Malala'

Malala Yousafzai was shot by a gunman who boarded her school bus on October 9 2012 Credit: BBC/PA Wire

This week, marks a year since Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to be educated.

Now, the 16-year-old - who spent weeks in intensive care - has become a global icon as she continues her fight for access to education.

She told BBC Panorama's Malala: Shot for Going to School programme, "I want to do something for education, that's my only desire."

Despite her high-profile, she insists: "I am still the old Malala. I still try to live normally but yes, my life has changed a lot".

When asked her thoughts of the militants who targeted her, she said: "I think they may be regretting that they shot Malala. Now she is heard in every corner of the world."

Read: Malala gets a Pride of Britain Award from Beckham

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Malala gets a Pride of Britain Award from Beckham

David Beckham presents a Mirror Pride of Britain Teenager of Courage to Malala Yousafzai, Credit: Philip Coburn/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education, has received a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award from David Beckham.

He told the 16-year-old: "You're an amazing young lady, a very special young lady, and your story has moved millions of people around the world.

"I'm so privileged and honoured to present this award to you."

Malala said: “It is such an honour to receive this award. It will help me continue my campaign.”

The Pride of Britain awards will be screened on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday

Read: Queen invites Malala Yousafzai to Buckingham Palace

Queen's invite fuels Nobel rumours for Malala

The news that Malala Yousafzai has been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen has fuelled speculation she could be named winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Bookies are now offering odds of two-to-one that the youngster, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her campaigning on girls' educational rights, will take home the prestigious award when it is announced on Friday.

Queen invites Malala Yousafzai to Buckingham Palace

The Queen has invited the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot by the Taliban to visit her in Buckingham Palace.

The Queen has reportedly been impressed by Malala's bravery
The Queen has reportedly been impressed by Malala's bravery Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

She was reportedly impressed by Malala Yousufzai's bravery and has taken a keen interest in her recovery at a Birmingham hospital.

She has been invited to a reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth, being hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on October 18.

The Queen even phoned Pakistan's high commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, to ask about her state of health, the Sunday Times reports.

Malala Yousafzai has reportedly been invited to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Malala Yousafzai has reportedly been invited to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Malala's book, which includes her first full account of her attack almost exactly a year ago, is being published on Tuesday. A Palace spokeswoman said:

"We understand that Malala Yousafzai will be attending the Commonwealth Universities and Education Reception at Buckingham Palace."

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Beyoncé shows support for Malala

Beyoncé has posted support for female rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai
Beyoncé has posted support for female rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai Credit: Instagram/Beyoncé Knowles

Singer Beyoncé has shown her support for the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban after promoting women's education rights.

In a message to Malala Yousafzai on Instagram Beyoncé wrote:

"Your bravery and perseverance has touched the world. You are the true definition of a Survivor [sic]. All my love and respect."

Malala now lives in Birmingham after being treated in the city. On her 16th birthday on Friday she gave a speech to the UN calling on education for all people.

Malala gives birthday speech at UN, full report

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban and then brought to Birmingham to recover, is celebrating her 16th birthday today.

This afternoon, she made a speech at the United Nations in New York, and handed in a 300,000 signature petition, demanding access to education for girls across the world.

Chris Halpin reports.

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