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President Kaljulaid accepted the Peace of Westphalia Prize on behalf of Estonia

President Kaljulaid accepted the Peace of Westphalia Prize on behalf of Estonia © Vabariigi Presidendi Kantselei

"For Estonia, receiving the Peace of Westphalia Prize in the year of our hundredth anniversary for our contribution to the democratic and peaceful development of Europe represents a huge privilege," said President Kaljulaid today in Münster at the official price awarding ceremony.

"In accepting the prize I think of Narva, a town on the border of the European Union, which, like Münster, suffered extensive destruction during World War II, butÂÂ unlike Münster, it was not rebuilt as similar as possible," said the President of the Republic. "Now, as Narva is attempting to become the cultural capital of Europe, we have the opportunity to restore the former European heritage there, if not in architecture, then in spirit," added President Kaljulaid.

The prize was established to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Peace Treaty of Westphalia and is awarded biennially for outstanding merit in enhancing European and global peace. This year, the prize was awarded to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The President of the Republic has decided to use the prize money to support the efforts of the Estonian Agrenska Foundation and the Anti-bullying School Programme.

"We are lucky to live in a time and place where we primarily mean security when speaking of peace. Unfortunately, security is not equally available to everyone. Both the supported organisations help our weakest and most vulnerable – young persons with severe disabilities and their families and victims of bullying in schools. They are doing a remarkable job and this allows us to believe that the number of problems will be considerably smaller as today's young generations become adults," reasoned President Kaljulaid.

The Anti-bullying School Foundation was established at the end of 2012 to reduce bullying in Estonian schools and uses a KiVa programme, which was developed by research specialists of University of Turku in Finland for that purpose; today, the programme has been extended to 50 schools.

Estonian Agrenska Foundation is a counselling and development centre for children and young persons with disabilities and their families. Being both an organiser of camps and provider of caretaking services for children with severe and aggravated disabilities, the foundation is one of the biggest players in Estonia, offering families with children with disabilities the opportunity to avail of holidays.

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