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Maldives: Disabled teenager nominated for International Children's Peace Prize

Raishan's official campaign for the peace prize was launched in a special assembly held in his school - Kalaafaanu school in the capital city of Male. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 27, 2016, 12.30 PM (IST) Umaima Rasheed Hussain

Fifteen-year-old Mohamed Raishan Ahmed of Maldives dreams of including children with disabilities into the mainstream education system.

Raishan has recently been nominated for International Children's Peace Prize 2016, awarded by KidsRights - a global non-governmental organisation fighting for children's rights globally.

He was nominated by the Maldives Association of Physical Disables (MAPD) working on issues of disability, bullying and education.

The prize is awarded annually to a child who fights for children’s rights.

Raishan has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type II - the nerve cells in his spinal cord are not able to control his muscles.

"I am proud that I'm the only Maldivian to qualify for the peace prize. I will continue to make Maldives proud too," he told WION. 

Speaking of children with disabilities, Raishan says, "You can. You will. Just believe in yourself to realise your true potential. Know what you are and you can be anything you want to be," he says.
 
Raishan's official campaign for the peace prize was launched in a special assembly held in his school - Kalaafaanu school in the capital city of Male.

Ahmed Mohamed, chairperson of Maldives Association of Physical Disables (MAPD) told WION that this is the first time for a Maldivian child to be nominated for this award. 

KidsRights has received 120 nominees from 49 countries across the world for this year’s children's peace prize.

The award has 25 nominees from other South Asian countries - four from Afghanistan, four from Bangladesh, 11 from India and six from Pakistan.

KidsRights will announce three finalists on November 15 and the International Children's Peace Prize 2016 will be awarded on December 2 at an award ceremony to be held in Netherlands.

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