20 April 2006: Ama Jetsun Pema Lak was Honoured the World's Children Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC), the world's biggest annual programme for the children and young people geared towards empowering them to understand, respect and demand for the rights of the child around the world. This programme enables children to learn about human rights, democracy and global friendship and understanding. One of the main highlights of this programme is the global vote where children are given the right and the responsibility to cast votes to choose their candidates who they deem made the most outstanding contribution
towards delivering children their rights.
This years HONORARY AWARD was rightly conferred upon our President Mrs. Jetsun Pema for her relentless 42 year struggle to give thousands of Tibetan refugee children a home, education and hopes for the future.As part of the prize delegation, the WCPRC invited a 12 year boy (Tenzin Jangchup) and a girl (Tashi Dolma) from TCV with a chaperone to attend the prize ceremony in the town of Mariefred, Sweden. A group of 7 children were also invited to perform Tibetan Traditional Dance and Music during the award ceremony with another chaperone.The award ceremony was held on 20 April 2006 at Gripsholms Castle in Mariefred, Sweden and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden presented the awards. It was a wonderful platform for people around the world to learn about our cause and the work of the TCV. It was a great honour for the group to be a part of this splendid award ceremony and we are grateful to the WCPRC for giving us this wonderful opportunity. For the children, this trip and the entire experience will be long cherished. Following the award ceremony, the delegation toured various schools in Sweden from 15-30 April 2006.TCVians Performing during Amala's WCPRC Award News of the award was received with so much joy and enthusiasm and TCV schools all over India held various functions and ceremonies in their own way expressing their happiness at this wonderful news. Some schools had traditional celebration with sangsol (incense-burning ceremony) while others had senior students presenting the life story and the achievements of the President; and in some poetry recitation by students on the rights of the child and Unconditional Love of Amala. The celebration also included sweets distribution along with songs and dances.
Soon after the President's return to Dharamsala, a warm reception was arranged with representatives from the neighbouring branch schools performing song and dance items and the directors,principals and school captains presented her the Katha (Ceremonial Scarf) and a Citation that read..."On this happy occassion, we the children and co-workers, re-dedicate ourselves to do our very best to fulfil the mission of TCV and ensure that your vision for the organisation never waivers!"