Archbishop Desmond Tutu has today announced the finalists of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018 on behalf of the KidsRights Foundation. From an impressive number of 121 children from 45 countries, KidsRights’ Expert Committee selected three finalists.
|Moni Begum, Bangladesh (17 years old, theme: child marriage)
Moni has rescued more than 200â€¯girls from child marriage, by confronting parents, informing teachers and involving the police where necessary.
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|The March for Our Lives, US (theme: safe schools and safe communities)
They organized the March For Our Lives event in the spring of 2018 to demand safer schools and communities and to protest gun violence. Over 25 US states have passed more than 50 pieces of legislation consistent with the cause of March For Our Lives.
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|Leilua Lino, Samoa (18 years old, theme: child abuse)
Leilua created peace gardens in her campus which have helped 200 children to recover from trauma.
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Archbishop Tutu, patron of the Children’s Peace Prize, will award the prize to this year’s winner on 20 November, Universal Children’s Day, during a very special ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, which also celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of the KidsRights Foundation. In a personal message to the finalists, Archbishop Tutu said:
“I am in awe of these children, whose powerful message is amplified by their youthful energy and an unshakable belief that children can, no must, improve their own futures. They are true changemakers who have demonstrated most powerfully that children can move the world.”