Every year, the World’s Children’s Prize Program (WCP) educates and empowers children to become changemakers for a better world. It is the world’s biggest annual educational initiative for children, championing the equal worth of every individual, the rights of the child, democracy and sustainable development. Since its launch in 2000, 40.6 million children have taken part.
1. The rights of the child in your country
Your students gain knowledge about their rights and about how democracy works. They explore and discuss the respect for children’s rights in their own communities and countries. (p. 10–11, 14–16 of The Globe and the fact sheet on your country).
4. The Global Vote
Support your students in organising their own democratic election, creating everything from posters and ballot boxes to appointing vote counters and election officials. On your school’s Global Vote Day, the children vote for their Child Rights Heroes! Report the number of votes for each candidate to the WCP, in the online ballot box at worldschildrensprize.org or direct to the WCP office. (p. 17–45 of The Globe.)
5. The big announcement
Once millions of children’s votes have been counted, it is announced which of the Child Rights Heroes has received the most votes and is named recipient of The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and which two will receive World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Awards. You can hold a school assembly and announce the results or set up a World’s Children’s Press Conference, where the students reveal the voting results and demand changes to the rights of the child, locally and globally. (p. 106 of The Globe)
All Heroes are celebrated at a big Awards Ceremony at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. All candidates are honoured as Child Rights Heroes and receive prize money to be used in their work for children. Many schools also organise their own festive ceremony at a later date. (p. 108 of The Globe)
7. No Litter Generation
On 16 May, children throughout the world will be celebrating No Litter Day. The children in your school can show that they are part of the No Litter Generation by collecting litter in the community, in the school grounds and on the streets. They can also talk with others about the right to a clean and healthy environment for them and all other children in the world. (p. 109–116 of The Globe).