Fátima is a 13-year-old girl who was raised by her single mother and sisters. They taught her how to read at a very young age, which sparked the motivation within her to participate in various forums about human rights and education. Two years ago, Fatima and her family moved to a small village, where they saw a great need of education. Many children were out of school, especially girls, and they were working instead of studying. This motivated Fátima to open a public library to promote reading among children and teenagers. Although only 13, Fátima is now the director of the library and has taken part in several book fairs. Fátima founded Girls Club, with the aim of empowering girls. Two girls were already allowed to return to school thanks to Fátima’s efforts in the workshops. There are now more than 50 children who visit the library every day and, as a result, more children enjoy reading. In the future, Fátima wants to learn sign language to create a more inclusive environment in the library.
Nominated by Biblioteca Paco PiñasAll 2019 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees