Since the year 2000, The World’s Children’s Prize program has educated and empowered 40,6 million children. It’s the world’s largest annual educational initiative for equality, the rights of the child and democracy.
The majority of children who participate are vulnerable, such as former child soldiers and child slaves. Three global legends are among those who have got behind the WCP as patrons: the late Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and Xanana Gusmão. Other patrons include H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, Graça Machel, Desmond Tutu and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
How does the WCP program work? The program is run annually in schools worldwide. Three Child Rights Heroes are selected as candidates for The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. They and their ideas, and the children they fight for, inspire and engage millions of youngsters around the world.
Creates experiences The WCP program is based on the experiences children get from stories in The Globe Magazine and online. We get to know Child Rights Heroes and vulnerable children through their life stories.
Global unity Stories about children who’s lives have been changed through rights based activism, sparks empathy, engagement and identification. It also creates a sense of global unity amongst the students.
Heart & mind
Students experience other children’s reality, as well as learn about their rights and about how democracy works. They explore and discuss how the rights of the child are respected in their community and country.
Teachers are key
Teachers support their students, guided by a pedagogical manual filled with creative classroom activities and ideas on how to use the WCP program in many subjects.
The program concludes with a Global Vote. Each participating school organize their own election day, with ballot boxes and voting booths created by the students. The children vote for their child right heroes and celebrate children’s right. The voting results are reported online, in the online ballot box, or to the WCP office in Sweden.
Strengthening freedom of expression
The majority of children who participate in the WCP program are poor and vulnerable, like former child soldiers and child labourers. They learn for the first time that they have rights and, the right to make their voices heard for those rights.
Celebrate rights & democracy
All candidates are honoured as Child Rights Heroes at the WCP Ceremony at Gripsholms Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. They also all get prize money to be used in their work for children. The candidate who gets the most votes receives the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (often called `Children’s Nobel´ by the media). The other two heroes receive the World’s Children’s Honorary Award.
A generation of changemakers
Children who are empowered through the WCP Program become changemakers themselves. As children, and later as adults, they stand up for equal value for all, rights and democracy, and global sustainable development.
Widespread support Tens of thousands of volunteers and organisations help to implement the WCP program every year, including at least 50,000 teachers and over a hundred organisations, social enterprises and departments of education. Over 68,000 schools in 114 countries have signed up for the WCP as Global Friend-schools.
Unique Child Jury Every year, the World’s Children’s Prize receives a large number of nominations of child rights advocates from all over the world. The three final prize candidates are selected by the World’s Children’s Prize Child Jury, which consists of children from 15 countries who are experts in the rights of the child through their own life experiences as, for example, child soldiers and debt slaves.
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 (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), H.M. Queen Silvia’s Care About the Children Foundation, the Survé Family Foundation, Giving Wings, Futura Foundations and eWork. The WCPF received the highest possible rating in the annual review of non-profit organisations carried out by Charity Ratings (in Sweden).