Francia Simon (Dominican Republic)
Emmanuel (Rwanda), Gretahun (Ethiopia), Tatiana (USA)
Rigoberta Menchú Tum
At the International Children's Peace Prize 2010, the following speakers were present:
Emmanuel is a boy from Rwanda who fights for the right to education and breaking the circle of poverty. He singlehandedly started a project that enabled him to pay for his own school fees as well as safe some money. With this enterprise he shows that children can help change their own circumstances through small projects and by saving money. And therewith, get themselves into school.
Getahun is a 16 year old boy from Ethiopia who stands up for the protection of children against violence, like abuse in school or at home. He mainly does this by talking to people and telling them that the violence against children needs to stop.
Tatiana is a girl from the United States who fights for improvement of literacy in Africa. She does this by starting libraries and sending books to Africa. Tatiana has a great passion for reading and therefore wants to give other children the opportunity to enjoy books as well.
Francia Simon from the Dominican Republic won, at the age of 16, the International Children’s Peace Prize. The prize was presented to her by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum from Guatemala. Francia campaigns for the right of children to name and nationality – both for children born in the Dominican Republic as for refugee children from Haiti. It is only after official registration that children can gain access to essential rights such as health care and education.
The 2010 project fund is invested in two projects. The first project improves the living conditions of the community where Francia, the winner of 2010, lives. New and safe houses were built for the poorest families within the community - including a new home for Francia and her family. The second project focuses on improving educational opportunities for children in the community as well as assisting children in receiving birth certificates.