Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai had won the award in 2013. Abraham M. Keita won the award in 2015 for his fight against violence to children. The first International Children's Peace Prize was won by Nkosi Johnson, South Africa. Om Prakash Gurjar was the first Indian to win the award in 2006.
'You don't need to conform to a religion or speak a particular tongue to be educated; interest and curiosity to learn is enough to acquire knowledge,' says the youngest of all nominees, 12 years old Sakthi. A school dropout, grown amidst poverty, Sakthi chose to create awareness among children and their parents about the importance of schooling.
The young crusader against child marriage and child labour, Shailendra (17 years old) has been successful for bringing 33 children back to schools, saving them from the clutches of child labour. He has also prevented 5 child marriages in his village. Nidhi has a similar story. The 15 year old girl from Bihar is the leader of a children's group which deals with children's rights issues.
Equally inspirational is story of Saleha, Poonam, Anand Krishna, Aitisha, Nikhiya and Kiran who have been advocating right to education, denial to child labour and creating awareness for hygiene practices. Anand Krishna's 'Bal Choupal' has reached over 50,000 children. The organization provides books, without any government aid.
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