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Gambia observes World Children’s Prize Day

May 4, 2011, 2:49 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

The Gambia Saturday joined the rest of the world to observe the World Children’s Prize Day for the rights of the child at a programme held at the Child Protection Alliance office in Fajara.

In his overview, Abdoulie Badjie said that since the inauguration of the World Children’s Prize in 2000, 85,000 children in The Gambia have participated in the programme and 70 schools in The Gambia have registered as global friend schools supporting the Prize.

Founded in Sweden in 2000, the World Children’s Prize is observed annually by tens of thousands of teachers and hundreds of organisations all over the world and with support from sources including Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), Swedish Post Code Lottery, Save the Children Sweden, Hugo Stenbeck Foundation, and Surve Family Foundation.

Mr Badjie added that the World Children’s Prize is a unique educational programme for children, promoting a more humane world, 533,800 schools with 24.5 million pupils in 102 countries around the world.

The World Children’s Honorary Award goes to Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, from the Philippines, for her tireless struggle, despite constant death threats against child labour and trafficking as well as her support to girls who have been sex slaves, and Monira Rahman, from Bangladesh, for her fearless struggle for children, mainly the girl child.