Malala Yousafzai is to donate a $50,000 prize towards the rebuilding of United Nations-run schools that were damaged in the Gaza conflict.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner said she would hand over all of the money from the prestigious World Children’s Prize, which she accepted in Sweden today.

Malala said: “I am donating these funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances.

“The needs are overwhelming – more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future.”

Sixty-five schools were damaged during the recent conflict, many of them as they housed refugees who had fled from…