International Children's Peace Prize 2022
"It's just inspiring to see that these are regular kids. Rena is 17, just like me." - Mimi, Student
Every year, the International Children's Peace Prize is awarded to a courageous child who made a difference in support of children's rights. Three ASH students were invited to attend the award ceremony where the winner of 2022 was announced. Joseph, Alex and Mimi were able to talk to this year's winner, Rena Kawasaki.
Rena is known as a leading youth advocate in Japan, who is paving the way for youth participation in all layers and sections of society in Japan. Her initiatives are focused on political participation, education, environmental issues, and other areas.
Joseph said: "Coming here today inspires me to want to learn more about the problems in the world and do more for my community."
Alex added: "I thought it was interesting that all of them found a cause they wanted to fight for, from a very young age. Rena was just 5."
The students also spoke with several past winners, as well as the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman, founder Marc Dullaert, and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands who had opened the ceremony.

Joseph: “I enjoyed the ceremony a lot, and enjoyed being able to talk to the various speakers afterward, during the reception, even more.”

More information about the International Children's Peace Prize 2022, and the inspirational work of Rena can be found here.