Tutu announces finalists of 2020 Children's Peace Prize
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has announced the finalists of the 2020 International Children’s Peace Prize 2020.
They are 12-year-old Ivana Ortega Serret from Mexico, 18-year-old Siena Castellon from Ireland and 17-years-old Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh.
Ivanna started a petition on Change.org to ask the authorities to clean the dam in her city, regulate the sewage system and save human and wildlife from the polluted water. She collected 67,000 signatures and 21 million pesos in funds
Siena created a website to mentor bright students with learning disabilities and autism. In November 2018, she launched the Neurodiversity Celebration Week campaign encouraging schools to recognise the strengths and talents of children with special needs.
While Sadat Sadat, appalled by the suicide of a 15-year-old girl because of cyber-bullying, set up a social organisation called Narail Volunteers and created the ‘Cyber Teens’ mobile app to help keep teenagers safe on he internet world.
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2014 and winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013, will make the award to this year’s winner during a ceremony on the 13th of November.
Archbishop Tutu, who has been the patron of The International Children’s Peace Prize and KidsRights for 12 years, congratulated the finalists and, in a personal message, 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.”
Last year, the prize was awarded to Sweden’s Greta Thunberg and Divina Maloum from Cameroon.