The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation and its universal and holistic educational program educates young people on the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship, helping them become humane global citizens.
In 2015 the program helped empower millions of participating children, giving them knowledge and faith in the future. The children also gained the opportunity to make their voices heard and to use their freedom of speech to demand respect for their rights. Through educating and empowering children, the WCP program also strengthens civil society and nations in the long term. As adults, these children will themselves respect the rights of the child, human rights, democracy and the environment.
We’re behind the World’s Children’s Prize
The WCP program was founded in the year 2000 and is run by Swedish non-profit the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation (WCPF). The WCPF receives funding from bodies including the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), Forum Syd, H.M. Queen Silvia’s Care About the Children Foundation, the Survé Family Foundation, Giving Wings and eWork. The WCPF has received the highest possible rating in the annual review of non-profit organisations carried out by Charity Ratings.
> WCPF 2015 Annual Report (in Swedish)> Ethical policy
Our impact since the World’s Children’s Prize Program started in 2000:
• 38.4 million children have participated in the annual program.
• 68,688 schools with 33,108,454 students in 114 countries had signed up as Global Friend Schools supporting the World’s Children’s Prize, an increase of 1,293 schools and 674,091 students since 2014.
• We have gained the support of 727 organisations, departments of education, and other bodies
• Around 525,000 teachers have implemented the WCP program – approximately 52,000 teachers worked with the program in 2015.
• 45 Prize Laureates and 15 Decade Prize Laureates have been selected and honored, all of whom have inspired children all over the world.
• The Prize money has helped to give thousands of the world’s most disadvantaged children a better life, so far through 60 projects in 31 countries.
• The largest number of children participating in the Global Vote in any one year has been 7.1 million.
• Through the project ‘Rights and Democracy for One Million Girls’,
17,328 girls have been trained and empowered to become WCP Child Rights Ambassadors. They have helped 298,996 girls to form 15,085 Child Rights Clubs who in turn reached 1,007,193 girls in schools, and nearly as many boys.
Learn more in our Annual Report: