Bangladesh’s Narail district once again has stolen the show after 16-year-old Md. Sadat won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020 for fighting cyber-crime targeting the young.
Sadat, nominated for the prize by the Bangladesh government, founded the “Narail Volunteers” and created an anti-cyber-bullying app called “Cyber Teens” to help the young facing bullying in one way or the other. The suicide of a 15-year-old girl after becoming a victim of cyber-bullying touched the teenager’s heart and decided to help others who need help.
“I live in a remote area and I am a very ordinary boy. If I can save teenagers from cyber-bullying, why can’t others?” he told KidsRights after picking up the prestigious award in the Hague in the Netherlands..
He added that he planned to use the 100,000 Euro (USD 118,000) prize money to further develop the app to reach out to more children.
Sadat belongs to the home town of famed cricketer Masharafi bin Mortuza who is nicknamed as “the Narail Express.”
The award by Netherlands-based KidsRights Foundation is given every year to a child involved in the promotion of children’s rights and protecting vulnerable children. The expert committee selected Sadat as the winner from 142 applicants from 42 countries.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who herself is a former winner of the prize, handed Mohammad Sadat the award at a ceremony in the Hague.
Sadat beat two other finalists from Mexico and Ireland to get the award known as the children’s Peace Prize. Last year, climate activist Greta Thunberg from Sweden was the winner.
8 cyber criminals have been brought to justice through the app. Sadat received the national award ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018’ on behalf of his organization for his outstanding contribution to social work.
Since October last year, Sadat along with Narail Zilla Police, have resolved at least 60 cases of cyber-bullying.
This prestigious prize was launched in 2005 during the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented by a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate every year.