Syrian Mohamad Al Jounde wins 13th International Children’s Peace Prize

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The KidsRights International Children’s Peace Prize for 2017 has been won by Mohamad Al Jounde. The prize was presented by Malala Yousafzai (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014). This was the thirteenth year that the International Children’s Peace Prize was awarded.

Mohamad Al Jounde, a sixteen-year-old teenager from Syria, fled to Lebanon when his home country became too dangerous. Like thousands of other refugee children, he was unable to go to school. Mohamad decided to do something about that and, with the help of his family, built a school in a refugee camp. The school now has 200 pupils. At the age of twelve, Mohamad was already teaching math and photography. He is helping children cope with their traumas, learn new subjects and enjoy life through games and photography. 

Mohamad Al Jounde received the prize in the Knights’ Hall (Ridderzaal) in The Hague, in the presence of previous winners of the Children’s Peace Prize. Kees van Dijkhuizen, CEO of ABN AMRO, was also there: ‘I am proud to meet these champions fighting for a better world, and to honour their achievements. They fight to make their dreams and ambitions come true, refusing to accept the tough circumstances they and others have to cope with. They truly make a difference. ABN AMRO believes in the work KidsRights is doing and understands that achieving their ambitions is a slow process. This is why in 2006 we started sponsoring KidsRights, main sponsor of the Children’s Peace Prize, and The Youngsters.’

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