'She's The Only Friend I'd Skip School For': Greta Thunberg And Malala Yousafzai Team Up

Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in a powerful show of solidarity and youth activism.

The 17-year-old Swede visited the 22-year-old Pakistani activist on Tuesday at Britain's Oxford University campus, where Yousafzai is studying philosophy, politics and economics.

"She's the only friend I'd skip school for," Yousafzai wrote on Twitter.

Thunberg visited Oxford on the way to the English city of Bristol where she is set to join a school strike climate protest on Friday.

During the stop, she spoke to uni students about "science, voting, the limits of protest, divestment, real zero v net zero, and much more", according to  university Principal Alan Rusbridger.

As for meeting Yousafzai, Thunberg tweeted: "So... today I met my role model. What else can I say?"

Both women entered the spotlight when they campaigned for world issues -- Thunberg for climate change action and Yousafzai for women's education.

In October 2012, Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan as she rode home on a bus after sitting a school exam -- she was 15 at the time.

Malala, as she's commonly known, was targeted in retaliation for her activism against the Taliban's ban on women's education.



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In 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17 for her campaigning for the right to education for all children.

Thunberg was nominated and a favourite to win the award in 2019, but missed out to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. She's in the running again this year, according to two Swedish parliamentary officials who nominated her for her work leading the 'Fridays for Future' climate protest movement -- which has seen millions of school children around the world skipping school and demonstrating on Fridays for their governments to take action on climate change.

With AAP.