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Malala Yousafzai speaks at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11.

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Malala Yousafzai speaks at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11.

Re: Malala was right choice for Nobel (Oct. 16). I think it is a shame that Malala Yousafzai did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize. As a child of 14, she spoke out against the oppression of female education and became a target of the Taliban. She was shot for her beliefs when she was 15 and now at 16, she continues to inspire and spread a message of peace through education.

She speaks of education teaching children more than fundamental knowledge of science and math, but instead life lessons such as community equality, tolerance, justice, respect and how to live together.

The Nobel committee missed a giant opportunity to show the world how one person, almost a child at that, can create such a difference in the health and lives of oppressed young women and children from all over the world. I am, however, proud of our country for supporting her and making her an honourary Canadian citizen.

CARLIN RITCHIE

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 18, 2013 A12

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Updated on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:50 AM CDT: adds photo

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