From June 2018, the Normandy Region, in partnership with the academic authorities and the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace, will create a new international peace, freedom and human rights education scheme: the Freedom Prize.

Logo of the Freedom Prize

Focused on the meaning and values of the Allied landings, the Freedom Prize gives young people all over the world the opportunity to choose an exemplary public figure or organisation, committed to the fight for freedom. Just like those who risked their lives when they landed on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944.

On 6 June 1944, it was in the name of the ideal of freedom that 130,000 soldiers, including a significant number of young volunteers, risked their lives and that several thousand died on these unfamiliar beaches. 17 nations were involved in Operation Overlord to open up “Liberty Road” on which nearly 3 million soldiers travelled in their bid to save the world from the barbarity of the Nazis. The Allied landings remind us that freedom is a universal demand.

Today, many situations around the world testify to its fragility. The Freedom Prize pays homage to all those who fought and continue to fight for this ideal.

A 3-step educational initiative

The Freedom Prize is open to young people from around the world aged 15 to 25. It is an educational initiative in 3 stages which encourages young people’s involvement throughout the entire process, either as part of their education and training or in their own time. 

As part of its educational aim, focused on remembrance, the Freedom Prize can also be part of teachers’ and tutors’ educational projects, responding to the various objectives of the school curriculum and adapting easily to multidisciplinary work.

It consists of activities which could encourage educational projects to be coordinated by teachers and tutors. 

This initiative consists of 3 stages:

  1. A call for applications to nominate public figures or organisations: from June 6, 2018 to January 15, 2019
  2. A panel of judges to choose three finalists: February 8 and 9, 2019
  3. A digital vote to choose the winner: from March 1 to 31, 2019

Once the winner has been chosen, the Freedom Prize award ceremony will be held in Normandy in June 2019.

Terms and conditions of participation

Find news about the Freedom Prize and a set of educational resources on:

The Facebook Prix Liberté - Freedom Prize page 
The site of the International Institute for Human Rights and Peace
The Canopé network site

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