Deadline: 15 March 2019
Open to all individuals above 12 years and under 18 years of age
Awards: a project fund of EUR 100,000
The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. All winners have shown a remarkable commitment to combating problems millions of children face worldwide. The motivation behind the prize is to provide a platform for children to express their ideas and personal involvement in children’s rights. KidsRights feels that children should be recognized, awarded and motivated in their fierce efforts to improve their own situation and that of the children in their environment and even the world.
The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the Capitol in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented every year by a Nobel Peace Laureate. The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the KidsRights Foundation. Winning the International Children’s Peace Prize puts changemaker in news headlines around the world. Last year, the winners’ message reached more than 1.2 billion people!
Each year the International Children’s Peace Prize winner is selected from nominations from all over the world. An Expert Committee assesses the candidates and comprises a selected list of nominees. The shortlisted nominees are reviewed and investigated by KidsRights. A local visit to a nominee may also be part of the review process. After all the reviews are done, the Expert Committee then selects the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize.
The organization or individual nominating a changemaker (the nominating party) has the responsibility to inform the changemaker and get his/her approval for the nomination. The nominating party agrees to provide the necessary information to KidsRights to complete the nomination. In case the child is shortlisted for the International Children’s Peace Prize, the nominating party also has the responsibility to guide and assist the child in dealing with (media) attention for his/her story. In case the child is shortlisted as the winner, the nominating party provides assistance for the local check by KidsRights and the development of the life story of the winner. Furthermore, the nominating party assists the child in his/her preparation for the award ceremony and is, besides the winner, the first point of contact for KidsRights.
- All individuals above 12 years and under 18 years of age; (the child should not be older than 17 years by the time of the nomination deadline);
- The child must have a clear history of standing up and fighting for the rights of him/herself and other children. It is important that the child has an active approach in accomplishing this goal, which has led to a concrete result;
- Ability to travel abroad and feeling comfortable communicating with other people;
- The child agrees to be nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize;
- The International Children’s Peace Prize cannot be awarded posthumously;
- Group nominations are possible provided that every individual in the group made a provable effort and co-initiated the activities that resulted in an exceptional difference for the rights of the child and the position of vulnerable children, anywhere in the world. Organizations are not accepted as eligible nominees.
- Winning the International Children’s Peace Prize puts changemaker in news headlines around the world;
- The International Children’s Peace Prize is a sign of recognition for the young winner. He or she receives the statuette ‘Nkosi’, which shows how a child sets the world in motion;
- The winner also receives a study grant and a worldwide platform to promote his or her ideas and causes to the benefit of children’s rights;
- A project fund of EUR 100,000 is invested by KidsRights in projects that are closely connected to the winners’ area of work.
How to apply?
The nominator can nominate a child by filling in the nomination form provided. Nominators can also email The KidsRights Foundation at [email protected] and they will make sure to send nominators a copy and keep them updated on the nomination process as well as the International Children’s Peace Prize.
For more information, please visit the official web page.