Phulmaya, a girl from Nepal, casts her vote

Study democracy and run election campaigns. Later, you will organize your own Global Vote.

Give examples of how adult elections can sometimes be manipulated: powerful people may try to influence how regular people vote, by offering money or threatening them with violence.
   Tell the pupils that the outcome of political elections is sometimes affected by corruption and abuse of power. Some countries hold elections that claim to be democratic, but where only one candidate or one party can actually win.
   Get the pupils to study good and bad examples from the world of adult elections. Discuss how they themselves can conduct a fair election campaign, in which all candidates have the same amount of coverage and where everyone has enough information to make an informed choice.
   For example, all pupils must know enough about the Child Rights Heroes ahead of the World’s Children’s Prize Global Vote Day to make an informed choice.

Run an election campaign

Get pupils to run their own election campaign. They can work individually and in groups and make flyers, election posters and maybe material on social media. They can write, draw and paint, give speeches, discuss and reflect on key issues.

Prepare for Global Vote day

Talk about the Global Vote and about how it usually works. Read one of the accounts about Global Vote Days around the world out loud. You will find stories here and in The Globe, and short videos here.

Work in pairs or groups

Get the pupils to work in pairs/small groups on different tasks to prepare for election day. Some can make the ballot boxes or the voting booths, while others decorate the voting station, cut out ballot papers, draw up election registers, etc. If you want to invite parents, local leaders and/ or local media to your election day, that can be the job of another group. There’s plenty of inspiration in The Globe and online!


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