Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize winner has been honored with another prestigious award.
The World’s Children’s Prize also known as the “Children’s Nobel Prize” is based on a global vote involving millions of children.
The 17-year-old Malala is the youngest Nobel laureate in history and the only person to also win the World’s Children’s Prize in the same year.
The World’s Children’s Prize was created in 2000 as part of a worldwide program where children learn about global issues, democracy, and their own rights.
John Wood has been nominated for the 2014 World’s Children’s Prize for his 15-year fight for children’s right to education. John quit his job as a manager at the Microsoft company to fulfill his dream: to fight poverty by giving children all over the world the chance to go to school.
John and his organisation, Room to Read, have built almost 1,700 schools and over 15,000 school libraries in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Indira Ranamagar has been nominated for the 2014 World’s Children’s Prize for her 20-year struggle for prisoners’ children in Nepal. Indira grew up in extreme poverty and had to fight to be able to go to school. Even as a young girl she knew that she wanted to help other people who had hard lives.
Indira has built up an organisation called Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA), which has rescued over a thousand children from cramped, dirty prisons. The children end up there because their parents have been sentenced to time in prison and nobody else is able to take care of them. When Indira rescues children, they are taken to one of PA’s three children’s homes. There they get an education and a safe childhood. They also learn agricultural skills and how to take care of animals. PA runs a children’s home called Jankuri outside Kathmandu. Children from the surrounding villages are allowed to attend the school too.