“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The Student Peace Prize is a way to support students all over the world who are doing valuable work to promote peace and human rights. For 2011, the prize was awarded to Croatian student Duško Kostić for his work concerning the rights of Roma people.
The Roma continue to be among the most vulnerable minorities in Europe. Through his work, Kostić aims to tear down prejudices against the Roma by encouraging large numbers of Roma students to complete their primary education and enter higher studies. He is a local leader in his community as well as a spokesperson on Roma issues.
Duško Kostić is the first European student to receive the Student Peace Prize. The prize originates from the International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway and was first awarded in 1999. Since then, 6 students and student organizations have received the prize.
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Picture taken from Student Peace Prize website.