Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said they’ll use the award to try to bring their opposed countries together. And they’ll start by inviting their respective prime ministers to the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December.

The Guardian reports:

The joint award was welcomed by the two leaders, but the award to 17-year-old Malala also drew some sceptical responses from Pakistani conservatives suspicious of western motives. Since narrowly avoiding death when she was shot in the head two years ago by a Taliban gunman for attending school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, she has been living and studying in the UK.

Malala heard of the news during a chemistry lesson at school in Birmingham, while Satyarthi found out through Twitter before receiving the phone call from the Nobel committee in Oslo. The two later spoke by phone and, according to Malala, agreed to combine their campaigns for child protection and education and to work to build stronger links between their two countries[.]

“Today’s world is fast moving because of the globalisation of the economy and it is high time that all of us take urgent steps to protect children and move towards a globalisation of compassion,” Satyarthi, the 60 year-old son of a police constable in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, told the Guardian in an interview in his crowded south Delhi office.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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