On November 13, 2020 17 year old Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020 for his involvement in setting up his social organization and creating mobile application ‘Cyber Teens’ to end cyberbullying. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai presented the award to Sadat Rahman, during a ceremony in the Netherlands.
i.The app allows young people to report cyberbullying confidentially. It also gives information about internet safety.
ii.Cyber specialists, social workers and the police are brought together through Sadat Rahman’s organization.
iii.It has supported more than 300 victims of cyberbullying, including by reporting fake social media accounts and providing support for mental health problems.
iv.About 1,800 teenagers in his local district, Narail District, Bangladesh have now used the app.
i.Sadat Rahman has reached more than 45,000 teenagers with internet safety seminars in schools and colleges.
ii.He has also created “Cyber Clubs” in every school in his local area.
iii.Young people are given education on digital literacy knowledge in these clubs.
iv.He intends to spread the app beyond his local area to help victims of cyberbullying across Bangladesh.
About International Children’s Peace Prize:
i.The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the KidsRights Foundation.
ii.It was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the Capitol in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev.
iii.Since then, the prize is presented annually by a Nobel Peace Laureate.
Purpose behind the Prize– To provide a platform for children to express their ideas and personal involvement in children’s rights.
- The winners of the prize receive the statuette ‘Nkosi’, which shows how a child sets the world in motion.
- The statuette was designed by Inge Ikink.
- It is named after Nkosi Johnson, the first winner of the prize.
A Study and care grant & global platform
The winner receives a study and care grant & global platform to promote his or her ideals and causes to the benefit of the rights of children.
Project fund of €100,000
In addition, the winner also receives a project fund of €100,000, invested by KidsRights in projects that are closely linked to the winners’ area of work in the country of the winner.
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About KidsRights Foundation:
HeadQuarters– Lijnden, Netherlands
Founder & Chairman– Marc Dullaert