October 29, 2014
Room to Read founder John Wood has been announced as a 2014 World’s Children’s Honorary Award Laureate through the World’s Children’s Prize, the annual educational program for the rights of the child and democracy—often called the Children’s Nobel Prize. H.M. Queen Silva of Sweden presented the award to John Wood and the other winners, Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Indira Ranamagar from Nepal. “I am both honored and humbled to be accepting this award on behalf of the Room to Read team,” stated John Wood. “We’re all too aware that over 250 million children around the world are not learning. The majority live in poor countries, and 2/3 are girls. This award gives all Room to Read employees and volunteers additional motivation. Today – we celebrate. Tomorrow, we roll up our sleeves and get back to work. We wish to tell all of the world’s children – you were born in the right place, at the right time, because we were there for you, Sweden was there for you, and those who won the lottery of life did not forget our little brothers and sisters.” The World’s Children’s Prize promotes a world where the rights of a child are respected by all, built on an educational process “by children for children,” supporting the world’s most vulnerable children. This year, nearly two million children took part in the global vote awarded the 2014 World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child to Malala Yousafzai, also the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Room to Read and this year’s other two recipients will share USD$100,000 in prize money.