Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived after being shot in her head by Taliban was nominated for the World Children’s Prize in Sweden for championing education rights for girls on 6 February 2014. As per the 15 member of international prize jury of WCP name of Malala was selected as she is a child, who stood up for girls' rights to education in Pakistan, but also in the world as a whole.
The World Children's Prize (WCP) is also known as the Children's Nobel Prize and was founded in 2000 with an aim to raise awareness of children's rights in 60000 schools in 110 countries through educational programs. Other candidates nominated for the year are John Wood from USA and Indira Ranamagar from Nepal. The WCP Program 2014 is open from 5 February to 15 October 2014.
About Malala Yousafzai
• Malala in 2013 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her crusade for the right of all children to an education
• She has been nominated for the 2014 award for her courageous and dangerous fight for girls’ right to education
• At the age of 11, she started speaking out for the education of the girls after Taliban banned girls from going to school in the swat valley of Pakistan but Malala kept going to school even after the ban imposed by Taliban. She was shot at the age of 15 and was almost killed by the Taliban on her way home from school, but she survived.
About John Wood
• He has fought for the children’s right to education for past 15-years. To fulfill his dream, he quit from his job at Microsoft as a manager. His dream is to fight poverty by giving children all over the world the chance to go to school
• His belief is that educated children are better equipped to demand their rights and can defend themselves against slavery, trafficking and abuse
• He runs an organisation named Room to Read, which till date has built almost 1700 schools and 15000 school libraries in some of the poorest countries of the world
• In local languages, he had published 874 books and has given over 10 million books to poor children, who have been deprived from access to books
The Room to Read that works in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Zambia and Tanzania is an organisation that has a special focus on education of the girls and till date has helped over 20000 girls in finishing their education. It has reached to 7.8 million children.
• Indira Ramanagar has been nominated for the prize for her 20-year struggle for prisoners' children in Nepal.
• She grew up in extreme poverty and fought to be able to go to school
• She built an organisation named as Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA)
The organisation PA has rescued more than 1000 children from the countries dirty and cramped prisons. These children were sentenced to prison as there was no one to look after them after their parents were sentence to prison. After the organisation rescue those children and take them to the PA’s three children homes, where they are educated and provided with safe childhood. PA runs a children's home called Jankuri outside Kathmandu. Children from the surrounding villages are allowed to attend the school too.
World’s Children’s Prize (WCP)
The WCP is a unique and world’s largest annual global education program. So far it has involved nearly 35 million children who have learnt about their rights and democracy. It operates with a goal or more humane world, where rights of children are respected by all. It teaches young people about the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship. Three child rights heroes are selected by WCP child jury every year to be candidates for the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child.
When: 6 February 2014