The International Children’s Peace Prize (ICPP) is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights.

The world’s most prestigious youth prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the Capitol in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented every year by a Nobel Peace Laureate. The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the KidsRights Foundation.

Since the inception of the International Children’s Peace Prize, we have been honoured to have 19 ICPP winners from 17 different countries, on 5 different continents. They include Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America.

In 2022 over 2,2 billion people were reached through media.


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The empowerment of young changemakers

All winners have shown a remarkable commitment to combating problems millions of children face worldwide. The motivation behind the prize is to provide a platform for children to express their ideas and personal involvement in children’s rights. KidsRights feels that children should be recognized, awarded and motivated in their fierce efforts to improve their own situation and that of the children in their environment and even the world.


The world’s most prestigious youth prize recognizes the achievements of the young winner. It also offers the winner a global platform to promote their ideals and further his work. With the newfound attention, these young heroes’ messages reach an international audience of millions. This global attention will generate a higher level of cooperation and structural improvement for the realisation of children’s rights.


The winner receives the statuette ‘Nkosi’, which shows how a child sets the world in motion. This statuette, designed by Inge Ikink, is named after our very first winner, Nkosi Johnson. The winner also receives a study and care grant and a worldwide platform to promote their ideals and causes to the benefit of children’s rights. Furthermore, a project fund of €100,000 is invested by KidsRights in projects that are closely connected to the winners’ area of work.

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Desmond Tutu Study and Care Fund

The winner receives a scholarship from KidsRights to enable him or her to obtain education up until and including the university degree. Secondly, financial care is made available to support the winner and his or her family in livelihood costs, where needed. Read more here.

International Children’s Peace Prize Project Fund

The Children’s Peace Prize is accompanied by a project fund of €100,000. Each year this fund is invested by KidsRights in projects that are closely connected to the winner’s area of work. Read more here.


KidsRights also invests in projects connected to the themes of the International Children’s Peace Prize Winners. Following the example of winner Malala, we take action to provide education for girls. And echoing winner Keita, we fight against violence against children. The projects of KidsRights focus on achieving, promoting and observing children’s rights. Through our projects the local environment and rights of children are directly improved. Children participate and co-decide in all projects. We recognize the strength of all children, child participation is key in everything we do.

KidsRights works with local partners to improve the environment for children’s rights. KidsRights aims to strengthen the impact of our projects by stimulating exchange and collaboration between partners.

The Archive of the past projects supported by KidsRights can be found below.

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Past Supported Projects

These projects were supported by KidsRights throughout the years. All of them are projects connected to the themes of the International Children’s…

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