2013 International Children's Peace Prize ceremony

International Children's Peace Prize


"It's the right of every boy and girl to get educated."

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Malala Yousafzai (16)


Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)

Nobel Peace Laureate

Tawakkol Karman

Who were there

At the International Children's Peace Prize 2013, the following speakers were present:

  • Mr. Martin van Rijn State - Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport
  • Ms. Tawakkol Karman - Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2011
  • Ms. Irina Bokova - Director-General UNESCO
  • Mr. Mark Rutte - Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Minster of General Affairs
  • Mr. Wietze Reehoorn - Member of the Managing Board, ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
  • Ms. Chaeli Mycroft - Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2011

Impression of the ceremony


Malala was already nominated in 2011 for her fight to give girls across the world access to education. At the beginning of 2012, the Expert Committee took a unanimous decision to award the prize to Malala in 2013.


Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, has risked her life in the fight for access to education for girls all over the world. Malala was presented the International Children's Peace Prize 2013 by human rights activist Tawakkol Karman from Yemen, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011.


Khpal Kor Foundation

This organisation focuses on the education of vulnerable children and the promotion of children’s rights in the Swat District, where Malala grew up. Malala was the speaker of the Child Assembly of the organisation, where she made her first steps to become a children’s rights activist.


The Primary Education Project (PEP)

In this project, emphasis is placed on education for everyone and especially girls, without discrimination. Teacher training is at the core of several programs. The organisation concentrates wholly on the Sindh Province in Pakistan, where education falls short in many cases, particularly in remote and poor areas.


Roots for Equity and Sojhla

Roots for Equitiy and Sojhla are jointly implementing the Ilm Mera Haql (Education is My Right) project. This project aims to increase awareness about girls’ right to education, with a focus on the education of disadvantaged children in Pakistan’s three large religious communities (Hindu, Christian and Muslim).


Children first

Children First operates in the Layyah District and Punjab Province, where many children work in the cotton industry. Aside from the  scarcity of good schools, this is considered to be the most important reason why children do not go to school. It is possible to break out of this vicious circle by providing education. Three education and development centers will be set up.