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16 April 2016
Today, 16 April, the candidates for the Child Rights Award, The World’s Children’s Prize (WCP), are revealed. Millions of children will select the recipient of the Prize, dubbed "The Children’s Nobel Prize" by media around the world. The candidates have been selected by children from 15 countries and are:
• Molly Melching, USA, for her groundbreaking work against female genital mutilation in Africa.
• 90-year-old Rosi Gollmann, Germany, who has saved 12,000 girls in India from being killed at birth.
• Manuel Rodrigues, Guinea-Bissau, who fights for the rights of blind children and other differently abled children to live their lives with dignity.
Since the year 2000, 38.4 million children have participated in the WCP program, the world’s largest annual educational initiative for children about rights and democracy.
Among WCP patrons are Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden.
16 April 2016Millions of children’s Child Rights Heroes revealed today
Empowering vulnerable children
The World’s Children’s Prize program educates and empowers children to stand up for equal rights for all, the rights of the child and democracy. The majority of the 38 million children who have participated since the year 2000 are disadvantaged in some way, such as former child soldiers and children who have been victims of trafficking. They learn for the first time that they have rights, and that they can make their voices heard. Children around the world discover the stories of the nominees’ achievements and are inspired by them. The WCP program concludes with a unique Global Vote, where children organise a voting day in their schools and together they decide the recipient of the World’s Children’s Prize.
Recipients honoured in Sweden
All three Child Rights Heroes will be honoured at a ceremony at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred next year, where children get help from H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden to present the awards. The prize money, USD 100,000, will be used in the prize laureates’ work, and in previous years has helped improve the lives of tens of thousands of the world’s most vul-nerable children. Previous laureate Malala Yousafzai used her prize money to rebuild schools in Gaza. Malala and Nelson Mandela are the only ones who have received both the World’s Children’s Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Global legends among WCP patrons
Five Nobel Prize Laureates have got behind the World’s Children’s Prize as patrons, as well as three global legends – Aung San Suu Kyi, Xanana Gusmão and the late Nelson Mandela. Patrons also include H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, Graça Machel, Desmond Tutu, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Loreen. The WCP Program is supported by over 68,000 schools in 113 countries, and by over 700 organisations, departments of education and institutions. Since its launch, half a million teachers have been trained to work with the rights of the child and democracy in school.
The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation (WCPF) is a non-profit organisation. Its work is funded by sources including the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Sida, Forum Syd, H.M. Queen Silvia’s Care About the Children Foundation, Giving Wings and Sparbanksstiftelsen Rekarne.