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Step 6: Democracy & election campaign

The World’s Children’s Prize program includes a Global Vote. At every school the pupils organize their own election day, make voting booths, ballot boxes and appoint election officiators and vote counters.

In the run up to Global Vote day, it’s important for the pupils to learn about how democracy works and how to run a fair election campaign.

What is democracy?

Talk to your pupils about the basic principles of democracy. Explain that the pupils will later conduct a democratic election according to the same principles that are applied to their home country’s political elections, with no cheating or corruption!
   If you want, you can give examples of how adult elections in a country can sometimes be influenced and manipulated: sometimes people with money and power try to influence how normal people vote, by paying them or threatening them with violence. Some candidates may even buy advertising space in the media or force election workers to cheat. Some countries that are dictatorships sometimes hold elections that claim to be democratic, but where only one candidate or one party can win.

Old photo of protest
Photo: Museum of London

Follow the timeline

1. Get the pupils to go through the timeline of the history of democracy in The Globe. Then get them to make their own timeline of democratic development in their own country.

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2. Split the pupils up into pairs/groups to make a timeline of democratic development in their country.

3. Gather the class to make a timeline together, with each pair/group giving suggestions from their own timeline.

4. Ask the pupils to comment: was anything surprising? Have they learned anything new? What do they hope will be the next point on the timeline?

Child in rally

Run an election campaign

Get the 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, talk, discuss and reflect on key issues.

Link to adult elections

Tell the pupils that the outcome of political elections is sometimes affected by corruption and abuse of power. 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 three Child Rights Heroes ahead of the World’s Children’s Prize Global Vote day to make an informed choice.

 
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