Today KidsRights proudly announces that 121 nominees are in contention for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018. The prestigious prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously to promote the rights of the child. In a very special tribute to archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate and the official patron of the International Children’s Peace Prize, this year’s ceremony will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. There, the archbishop will present the prize to the winner in a ceremony attended by dignitaries and the world press on 20 November 2018.
It is a great pleasure and honour to announce that the Award Ceremony of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018 will take place on the International Day of the Rights of the Child, on Tuesday November 20th in Cape Town, South Africa.
Mohamad, winner of the International Children's Peace Prize, has been living in Sweden for almost a year now. With the help of his new Swedish friends Mohamad is now supporting the Swedish Youth by giving them a sens of 'belonging'.
Child participation is one of KidsRights main values, and of course also during the nomination process of the International Children´s Peace Prize 2018 this is implemented. Besides the 5 members of the expert committee, there are also 2 members of the advisory committee. These two members are KidsRights Youngsters and will help the expert committee by giving their advice.
The second ever winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize was awarded in 2006 to Om Prakash Gurjar. Om Prakash used to be a child slave and was freed from the hands of the man he worked for by an organization called Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).
The problem of violence has led to young changemakers standing up. One of those changemakers was Abraham M. Keita, the winner of the 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize. He stood up against the violence against children in his hometown after a little girl had been raped and murdered. After that he got invited to the child parliament in his town, and that’s where his passion for advocacy emerged.
Last year Baruani was able to move to South Africa to prepare to go to the university, and two students sought him out in the university. They ask Baruani everything about his life in Tanzania and his plans for the future!