Kasur Jetsun Pema to be Honoured with World Children’s Prize
Thursday, 20 April 2006, 3:00 PM
|Kasur Jetsun Pema amidst students of the TCV|
Dharamshala: This afternoon, the prize ceremony for winners of the World Children’s Prize for the Right of the Child (WCPRC) will be held at the Gripsholms Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden will present the prizes.
The recipients are Kasur Jetsun Pema, younger sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rwanda-based orphan’s organisation and the Canadian fighter for the rights of the child Craig Kielburger.
They are selected by a jury made up of children from 15 countries, who have been exposed to child labour, slavery, war, and poverty. They are expert in the rights of the child through their own life experience.
Kasur Jetsun Pema was awarded the World’s Children’s Honorary Award for her dedicated work for the rights of Tibetan refugee children and for her contributions in improving their education for over 40 years.
Kasur Jetsun Pema, addressed as Amala (mother) by all the Tibetan children is known for her parental love, care and dedication to giving education to thousands of Tibetan refugee children. She is the president of the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV), the largest Tibetan school system in exile.
WCPRC was founded by a Swedish organisation in 1999 to recognise the outstanding contributions of those who defend the rights of the child. The award carries a cash prize of 100,000 US dollars.
(www.tibet.net is the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration.)