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Bangladeshi nominated for World’s Children’s Prize

Mohammad Rezwan and his organization operate 26 floating schools, as well as floating libraries, health clinics and vocational training for young women

Update : 09 Mar 2023, 07:18 PM

Mohammad Rezwan, a Bangladeshi youth who invented a floating education system to ensure access to year-round and quality education in flood-prone regions, has been nominated for the World's Children's Prize (WCP). 

He is one of the three child rights heroes who are running to receive the prestigious prize, reads a press release issued Thursday. 

Millions of children vote to decide who will receive the prize, which is often referred to as the Children's Nobel Prize by worldwide media. 

Mohammed Rezwan has been fighting for 25 years for the right of all children, especially vulnerable girls, to go to school, despite increased poverty and flooding caused by climate change. 

Mohammed and his organization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha operate 26 floating schools, as well as floating libraries, health clinics and vocational training for young women. 

His original idea for floating schools has spread throughout Bangladesh and to several other countries. 

The WCP child jury, representing children from all over the world selected floating school innovator Rezwan, along with two other eminent persons from Canada and Vietnam who also dedicated their lives to the wellbeing of children. 

The other candidates are Cindy Blackstock from Canada and Thích Nu Minh Tú from  Vietnam.

 The three child rights heroes will be honoured at the 20th World's Children's Prize Ceremony at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden, on October 4. 

Queen Silvia of Sweden will act as the host for the ceremony. 

Since 2000, 46 million children have learned about the work of the child rights heroes to support vulnerable children and have subsequently participated in the global vote to choose the recipient of the World's Children's Prize.

The World's Children's Prize patrons include Malala Yousafzai, the late Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, Queen Silvia and several former Swedish prime ministers and ministers for children. 

The WCP program is also supported by 76,000 schools in 120 countries and 849 organizations.

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