The Student Peace Prize (SPP) was established in 1999 – an initiative from volunteers from the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT). It is awarded biennially to a student or student organization working to promote peace, human rights and democracy.
The Prize is awarded on behalf of all students in Norway, while an independent Student Peace Prize Committee makes the selection itself. The election happens through the independent committee for the Students Peace Prize, while the award it self, takes place during ISFiT’s own award ceremony.
To this day, eleven students and student organizations from Libya, Burma, East Timor, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Thailand/Burma, Western Sahara, Croatia, Iran, Bahrain and South Africa have received the prize.
Students often play central roles in peace processes and make sacrifices to strengthen human rights. Despite their great engagement, they don’t get a lot of attention around their work for peace, and therefore the Student Peace Prize is an important factor for their appreciation and respect. The prize is a way to support and recognize the brave people in the world that fight for a better future.
The Student Peace Prize and ISFiT also support the previous laureates work for peace. This is as project called the Peace Project which aims to be a follow-up project on behalf of the winners wishes for support.
The winner of the 12th Student Peace Prize will be announced during the autumn of 2020 and awarded the 14th of February 2021 in Olavshallen, Trondheim.