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Step 7: The Global Vote

By taking part in and carrying out exercises to do with the Global Vote Day, the pupils get to understand how democracy works in practice.

Optional date for your Global Vote Day

Your Global Vote Day can take place on any day up to and including 15 April 2019. Sometimes only one class takes part, and sometimes every pupil at the school votes. For some pupils, it can be a whole or half day if they take on key roles on the actual Vote Day and act as election offici­ators, election supervisors or vote counters. Naturally these tasks can also be shared out between several pupils on the day.

Prepare for election day

Talk about the Global Vote and about how it usually works. Read one of the accounts about Global Votes around the world out loud (pages 19-33 in The Globe). Maybe show a short video.

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.

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Ballot boxes can be made from all sorts of materials, like here, in Nepal. Photo: Johan Bjerke/WCPF.

Voting register

The voting register should include all children at the school who have a right to vote. On voting day, every student’s name should be ticked off as they cast their vote. The students are allowed to vote until the year they turn 18.

Ballot papers

Photocopy the ballot papers on the back of the teachers’ guide and cut them out, or make your own. An advantage of using the pre-made ballot papers is that schools around the world use them. This strengthens the feeling of sharing in the Global Vote with a worldwide community of young people.

a group of children building a booth with plants

Election booths are built so that voting can happen in secrecy. Here, children in Burma/Myanmar are constructing a both with materiala from the forest. Photo: WCPF.

A voting booth is necessary to make sure voting is secret. They can look very different. In Pakistan, the desert schools make a voting booth by putting two beds up on their ends and hanging fabric over them. In the Brazilian rainforest, students make a bamboo frame and cover it with leaves. You can also contact your local electoral authority and borrow voting booths from them.

Ballot boxes

Have the students make ballot boxes from cardboard boxes, tin cans, jars, woven palm leaves or anything that could hold ballot papers. The ballot boxes can be covered and decorated with, for example, the WCP ‘rainbow children’ symbol, pictures from The Globe, colourful drawings or fabric.

Prevent cheating

Prepare ink or paint that the presiding officers can use to mark the students’ fingers or nails once they have cast their votes. Examples of inks that are hard to wash off include juice from cactus fruit, ink from an inkpad, or marker pen.

Girl putting vote in ballot box made of can

Ballot box made from an old tin can in Pakistan! Photo: Briott-Marie Klang/WCPF.

Appoint key people!

• Presiding Officers. Tick off voters on the voting register and give out ballot papers.
• Election Supervisors. Oversee the voting and vote count, and check that all who have voted get a paint or ink mark.
• Vote Counters. Count the votes and send in the result.

What if...

... the students invite their families and local politicians to experience their Global Vote Day. It’s educational, fun and exciting for adults to join in and experience the children’s voting day.
... the students invite the local media to their Global Vote Day (with plenty of advance warning). This gives the chil­dren a chance to make their voi­ces heard on the topic of rights and democracy. (Only the children should talk to the journa­lists, but they may need some support from their teachers.)

Group of children counting cotes in Cambodia

Careful counting of the votes in Cambodia. Photo: WCPF.

On Global Vote Day ...

Children join the voting queue. One by one, they go up to the presiding officers, who give out ballot papers and tick off each name on the register.

Election supervisors

Children who have been appointed as election supervisors keep an eye to make sure everyone is ticked off on the voting register, so that nobody tries to vote twice and no false ballot papers end up in the ballot boxes!

Step into the voting booth

The children step into the voting booth alone, one at a time, with their ballot paper in hand. Once they’ve marked their choice, they fold the ballot paper so that nobody can see how they voted. Then they leave the voting booth and place their vote in the ballot box.

Girl checking voting register on Global Vote Day

Presiding officers manage the voting register

Counting the votes

Once everyone has voted, the vote counters and election supervisors begin their work. Finally, the result of the school’s Global Vote can be announced. Sometimes this happens on the same day, sometimes a day or two later.

Time to celebrate!

Many schools end the day with a party. All around the world, children look forward to this day with joy and excitement. Some schools hold a ceremony in the schoolyard featuring speeches about children’s rights, music and performances.

Kids voting on their Global Vote day

After making their choice in the privacy of the election both, the children cast their votes. Here, in Sweden.

Not a competition!

The Global Vote is not a competition. All candidates have made fantastic contributions. All three are honoured at the WCP ceremony and receive funding for their work with children. Whoever gets the most votes will receive the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. The other two candidates receive the World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Award.

Boy talking to cheering crowd.

After the votes are counted it is time to celebrate, like these kids in Guinea-Bissau are doing.

Report

Report the result of your vote Submit the result of your vote to the WCP office. All votes from around the world are added together, so don’t just tell us which candidate received the most votes at your school. We need to know the results for all three candidates! If you have a WCP Coordinator in your country, report to them. Otherwise, use the ballot box at: worldschildrensprize.org or email to: info@worldschildrens­prize.org

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Lot’s of media are interested in hearing what the children have to say!

The big announcement

Once all the votes in the world have been counted and added together, the children themselves reveal the big news about the World’s Children’s Prize Child Rights Heroes and demand respect for the Rights of the Child. This happens on the same day all over the world.

Your pupils can gather the entire school together to reveal the result, or invite local politicians and media to a press conference led by children (World’s Children’s Press Conference). The press conference is also an opportunity to talk about what changes they would like to see in terms of the Rights of the Child.

Do you want to join in?

The announcement is made soon after the Global Vote has finished, in May 2019. Contact WCP if your school would like to organize a press conference. If you are one of several Global Friend schools in your area targeting the same media, you can hold a joint press conference.

 
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