Children's rights activists from Canada and Rwanda have been honored with an international award for children's rights campaigners. with Swedish prizes Thursday recognizing efforts to improve children's lives.
The organization, known as the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, handed out the awards with the help of the Queen of Sweden, Silvia.
Canadian Craig Kielburger received the top award he annual World's Children's Prize for his work with an organization he founded at age 12 called Free the Children. Ten years later, the organization has built hundreds of schools in 20 countries.
A group called The Orphan's Organization, based in Rwanda, was honored with the Global Friends' Award for its efforts to help children from the Rwanda genocide achieve a decent standard of living.
The Dalai Lama's sister, Jetsun Pema, was also honored for her four decades of work on behalf of Tibetan refugee children in India.
The World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child was established in 2000 by the Swedish Children's World Association to recognize efforts to improve children's lives