Kim and Hassan stand on a table, opening the run.
Round and round the Globe

On 1 April 2019, 1.1 million children (1,111,370 to be exact) spoke out about the changes they want to see for their rights to be respected and the Global Goals to be achieved where they live, in their country and in our world.

On 1 April in Zimbabwe, WCP Child Rights Ambassadors Kim and Hassan, both 13 years old, organized the Round the Globe Run in their village and school, Hurungwe Primary School in Murehwa, together with their all friends. Here, Hassan says: “Good morning to you all. Today we welcome you to the Round the Globe Run for a Better World, where we join children from around the world. Today we will be talking about the Global Goals.”
   Later, Kim said that it felt nice to know that they in Murewa were joining many children in many countries.
   "We were all showing our support at the same time for the Global Goals. We must all get involved in changing our countries and we must change a lot, both in Zimbabwe and around the world.”

Before 1 April 2019 was over, children around the world covered more than 3.3 million kilometers together as part of the Round the Globe Run for a Better World. That’s the same as 84.9 circuits of the globe! Will we manage over 100 laps around the globe in 2020?
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Kids walking with signs.

Children in the city of Bunia in DR Congo march together during the Round the Globe Run for a Better World.

Well prepared

In all participating countries, children made posters where they highlighted their most important issues. Peace and Justice, is what it said on most of the posters when schools in the city of Bunia in DR Congo marched together during the Round the Globe Run for a Better World. It’s hardly surprising that the children want to see peace and justice in a country where several armed groups have been fighting since 1998, and where many children have been killed or forced to become child soldiers.

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Two boys in Zimbabwe stand up for girls’ rights.

In snow and extreme heat

From the snowy north of Sweden, to the extreme heat in the brick kiln of Pakistan, children formed human chains and went on to walk or run 3 km. Some used skis, others walked, ran or rolled on roller sates and in wheelchairs. How will you achieve your 3 km next time?

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Children in the north of Sweden formed a human chain on skis! They had help from Olympic ski champion, Anders Södergren. Can you spot him in the line? (Tip: He is the tallest one!)
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Filmed interview

Reach out through the media

In Zimbabwe, one of the country’s main News Shows and interviewed Child Rights ambassadors Kim and Hassan about their Round the Globe Run.
   “We say to adults that girls and boys should be treated the same, and we have equal rights.” In the news item, it was also said that: “The Child Rights Ambassadors say climate change is the biggest threat to children’s rights in the world.”

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The children in BRIC School in Chah Tamoli, Pakistan, come from families who are debt slaves at brick kilns, and they have to make bricks themselves after the end of the school day.
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Round the Globe Run in Mozambique.

“For me, the Round the Globe Run shows society that we children demand to be able to live in a peaceful world where there is no violence, and where children are not taken advantage of. We demand an end to the sexual exploitation of girls, and we are showing that we young people want to achieve something when we participate, says Aline, 13, from Mozambique.
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