Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh has been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020. During a ceremony in the Netherlands, the award was presented to him by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize, winner. Sadat won the prize for his involvement in setting up his social organisation and for mobile app cyber teens to stop cyberbullying. The 17-year-old Sadat won, out of 142 applicants from 42 countries.
Sadat has gained an international platform which enables him to spread his message among an audience of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
About International Children’s Peace Prize –
International children’s rights organisation, Kids Rights based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands gives the International Children’s Peace Prize annually since 2005. Kids Rights awards it to a child who has made a special effort in promoting children’s rights. They award it to those who better the situation of vulnerable children.
During the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev, this prestigious prize was launched in 2005. Since then, the Nobel Peace Laureate presents the prize every year.
Cyberbullying app cyber teens
Sadat, moved by a 15-year-old girl’s suicide, formed his own organisation. The girl committed suicide after suffering from cyberbullying. The effect of the incident made him develop the cyberbullying app ‘Cyber Teens’ to give helpless teenagers a place to go for help. However, young people are afraid to report it to the police or inform their parents. This is one of the major issues around cyberbullying. This hesitation to inform their guardians gives the perpetrators more power. Moreover, several times people don’t recognise cyberbullying and take it as fun.
Report cyberbullying confidentially
The app helps young people by providing information about internet safety. It gives them the possibility to report cyberbullying confidentially. Furthermore, the organisation brings cyber specialists, social workers and the police together. The app has already supported more than 300 victims of cyberbullying, which includes reporting fake social media accounts and providing support for mental health problems. Moreover, the app has led to the arrest of 8 perpetrators of cybercrimes so far.
Cyber clubs in the area
With internet safety seminars in schools and colleges, Sadat has also reached more than 45,000 teenagers. In every school in his local area, he has created cyber clubs. These clubs help to educate young people on digital literacy knowledge. Furthermore, to help the victims of cyberbullying, Sadat wants to spread the app beyond his local area across Bangladesh.
“I live in a remote area and I am a very ordinary boy. If I can save teenagers from cyberbullying, why can’t others?” says Sadat. He wants to see a world where young people feel safe online.