Kehkashan Basu – UAE based Indian girl nominated for International Children’s Peace Prize

Pic: DubaiWeek

For International Children’s Peace Prize, a 16-year-old Indian girl in the UAE is among three finalists chosen for her unique role in improving the rights and position of children. Kehkashan Basu is from UAE an she has been chosen by expert committee from a record number of 120 international entries.

The other two finalists are Divina Maloum from Cameroon and Muzoon Almellehan from Syria. The announcement was made by International children’s rights organisation ‘KidsRights’ ahead of Universal Children’s Day to be observed on Sunday.

According to the committee, all three have improved the rights and position of children in unique and tangible ways and also, for young prize-winner every year gains share his or her message with hundreds of millions of people worldwide on an international platform. Kehkashan demonstrated to thousands of school and university students the importance of proper environmental care.

Kehkashan began campaigning for environmental protection at an early age and at the age of just eight, she organised an awareness campaign for the recycling of waste in her neighbourhood in Dubai. She also founded her own organisation ‘Green Hope’ which runs waste-collection, beach-cleaning and awareness campaigns.

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate, who will be awarding this year’s prize said that the children are fighting for a fairer world.

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