Nightly News   |  October 11, 2013

Malala says she’s too young for Nobel Prize

The Pakistani teenager, who has been called the bravest girl in the world, may not have won the Nobel Peace Prize -- but she remains determined to see every child get an education. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

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>>> the nobel peace prize for 2013 has been awarded to a group that's part of the effort to dismantle and destroy syria's chemical weapons . tonight the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons says it hopes this honor will help their efforts to achieve peace there. the announcement came as a disappointment admittedly for those hoping it would go to malala, the teenage girl from pakistan who inspired so many people around the world after the taliban tried to kill her for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school and get an education. she survived that. after a long recovery, she's now continuing to spread her message of empowerment and education. we get an update on her tonight from nbc's kate snow .

>> we girls can change the world . are you with me? [ applause ]

>> reporter: today malala's stage was the world bank .

>> you can see the children are starving for education. we need to help them.

>> reporter: earlier in the week it was "the daily show " touting her new book.

>> they do not want women to get education because then women would become more powerful.

>> happy 16th birthday, malala.

>> reporter: back in july a standing ovation from the united nations on her 16th birthday.

>> let us pick up our books and our pens. they are our most powerful weapons.

>> reporter: a year ago she was fighting for her life. shot by the taliban just for saying girls have the right to be educated. school children today prayed she would win the nobel. [ speaking in a foreign language ]

>> reporter: she deserves it, says her friend hipsa. when it didn't happen, people across the globe ex pressed disappointment. those who know her say malala doesn't need an award to make an impact.

>> she's already a heroine to many girls. kids all over the world support her.

>> reporter: at the school of east harlem in new york, they met malala a couple of weeks ago.

>> she started a movement. it's more precious than an award.

>> reporter: the taliban continues to threaten malala and said today they were happy she didn't win the prize. there is a reason she was called the bravest girl in the world. for years, she said today, she wondered what she would say if she were confronted by a would be assassin.

>> listen to me. listen to my voice. listen to what i say. i will the tell him that i want education for their sons and daughters .

>> reporter: malala said she didn't deserve the nobel prize . she was too young. today she told pbs news hour she has a bigger prize in mind.

>> it is an award to see every child go to school. i would serve my whole life for that.

>> reporter: malala has big goals. maybe even prime minister of pakistan some day she says. when my 8-year-old daughter woke up she wanted to know, did she win, did malala win? that conversation happened all over the world. that speaks to the power she has, whether or not she has a nobel peace prize .

>> there were big expectations today. kate snow , thank you, as always.