The World’s Children’s Prize is open to children from the age of ten until the year they turn 18, since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child says that you are a child until you turn 18.
There are several reasons for the lower age limit. To be able to vote in the Global Vote, the students must first learn all about the candidates’ work. The children they fight for have often suffered terrible violations of their rights. Younger children may find their stories frightening. Even older children can find them upsetting. That’s why it is important that they have an adult to talk to afterwards. As the teacher, you decide what is suitable for your students to read, and what support they need. Read together, discuss the stories, and give your students a chance to reflect on the content. They may need to talk to you or another adult after reading the stories. Please also inform the students’ parents about the WCP program.