Through the World’s Children’s Prize program, millions of children all over the world learn about their rights and democracy, and demand respect for the rights of the child. Here’s how we do it in seven steps!
1. The World’s Children’s Prize is launched
The program kicks off when this year’s three candidates, Child Rights Heroes who have made unique contributions to helping vulnerable children, are revealed. You can decide for yourself when to begin studying this year’s program. Many schools launch it by organising an opening ceremony.
2. Rights and democracy in your life Find out whether the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is followed where you live, in your family, at school and in your country. Read the factsheet about the rights of the child in your country (comes with The Globe magazine, or can be downloaded from the website) and the history of democracy in The Globe. Discuss how things could be better for children in your country. For example, are you listened to regarding issues that affect you and your friends? Tell other students, parents, teachers, politicians and the media. You can also start a WCP Child Rights Club at your school.
3. The rights of the child in the world The rights of the child apply to all children, everywhere. Learn more through meeting the Child Jury, the Child Rights Heroes, the Child Rights Ambassadors for girls’ rights, and the children they fight for. Find out what life is really like for the world’s children today.
4. Prepare your Global Vote Set a date for your Global Vote in plenty of time and prepare everything you need for a democratic election. Appoint presiding officers, vote counters and election supervisors and make ballot boxes, ballot papers and voting booths. Invite the media, parents and politicians to experience your Global Vote Day.
5. Global Vote Day Vote first and then celebrate with a party and some performances! Don’t forget to report the result of your school’s vote to the WCP contact person in your country (if you have one, otherwise via the ballot box on the website).
6. The big announcement! On the same day all over the world, children hold their own press conferences. They reveal which of the three nominees has been chosen by millions of voting children to receive the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and which two will receive the World’s Children’s Honorary Award. Invite the media in your area to a World’s Children’s Press Conference, or gather your whole school to announce the results. You can also talk about improvements in respect for the rights of the child that you would like to see.
7. The grand finale! The WCP Ceremony is led by the Child Jury at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. All three Child Rights Heroes are honoured and receive prize money towards their work with children (totalling 100,000 US dollars). H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden helps the children of the jury to present the awards. Many schools organise their own closing ceremony, where they show the video from the Award Ceremony and celebrate the rights of the child.
Age limit for the World’s Children’s Prize The World’s Children’s Prize exists for anyone from age ten until the year they turn 18. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child says that you are a child until you turn 18. The lower age limit is there for several reasons: in order to be able to participate in the Global Vote, you must learn all about the work of the nominees. The children they fight for have often experienced severe violations of their rights, and their stories can be frightening for younger children. Even older children may find it hard to read about such difficult experiences. That’s why it is important to have an adult to talk to afterwards.