SWAT - Teachers and classmates of Malala Yousafzai were over the moon and they felicitated her over winning Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Her classmates were extremely delighted to know that she has won global peace award. Talking to this correspondent Mehboob Ali, Malala’s schoolteacher said that Malala was a student of great qualities. “She was intelligent and charming, I feel proud to know that my student has been awarded global peace award,” he said. “Malala was a very quick learner; when I used to deliver lecture she would pick it instantly and explain the topic accordingly,” Mehboob shared.

“It really is a remarkable achievement for the people of Swat and an honour for whole Pakistan that Malala, one of my brilliant students, has achieved Nobel prize,” said Iqbal, another teacher of Malala. Her tireless efforts for child rights and their education won her Nobel peace prize, he added. Munaaza Murad, an old fellow of Malala Yousafzai told The Nation that she not only won peace award but also won hearts of thousands of Pakistanis. She stood up for education in Swat while risking her own life, her remarkable contribution for children’s right to education has made her a global symbol of courage, change and resistance, she added. Kulsoom Khan, another classmate of Malala said, “I am really inspired from the struggle of Malala and today she became the shining star all over the world. I would like to say thanks to Malala for making us proud.”

AFP adds: A former fellow pupil said the award was a victory for every girl in the country. “It's not Malala alone winning this award, the girls of Pakistan have won it... (she) is the light of our eyes and the voice of our heart,” said Ayesha Khalid, who was at school with Malala.

“She has proved that you can't put a halt to education by blowing up schools,” said Shama Akbar, 15-year-old student in the region's main city of Mingora. “The prize proves that the Pakistani is not a nation of terrorists but against the terrorists. It also proves that Pakistanis love education,” she added.

Education activist Mosharraf Zaidi said Pakistan's government should use the goodwill around Malala's win to prioritise the country's long-neglected public school system. "There are 52 million children aged five to sixteen in this country, of whom about 25 million are out of school," he said, adding the breakdown was some 14 million girls and 11 million boys.

"If Pakistan cannot take advantage of this moment of a Pakistani winning the Nobel Prize because she is a campaigner for education and because she is so incredibly brave, then it'll represent yet another missed opportunity and also a tragedy," he added.