Every year 40,000– 50,000 teachers use the WCP program in their teaching plan, in many different subjects from maths to social sciences to music and art. They use practical, fun activities that impart knowledge and engage students in a new way.
The stories in The Globe and online are the key to your students’ enthusiasm and willingness to learn. It’s important to give the students time and space to read and absorb the stories.
The reading experience gives them the chance to imagine and identify with other children’s life stories. When they read about how the Child Rights Heroes fight for a better world, and about children whose lives have been transformed, the students will feel hope and want to get involved. Teachers say that even children who don’t usually manage to read long texts often become engrossed in the stories in The Globe.
You can also read aloud in class and discuss and reflect on the texts together. Remember that your students may need some support to deal with the thoughts and feelings that the stories provoke.
The WCP in many subjects The WCP Program is often used for interdisciplinary projects, but it is also possible to use the program in individual subjects. Using real-life contexts from The Globe’s stories make the lessons feel more meaningful. Here are a few examples.
Remember that your students may need some support to deal with the thoughts and feelings that the stories provoke.
Tips and advice
This Teacher’s Guide describes the steps of the World’s Children’s Prize Program (WCP) and guides you through practical, engaging classroom exercises and activities. As a teacher you play an essential role in supporting and guiding your students’ work and contributing to increasing their knowledge about and commitment to:
✲ The equal worth of every individual
✲ The UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child
✲ The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights
✲ How democracy functions and must constantly be defended
✲ How we can all fight against injustice, poverty, racism and oppression
✲ The UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030
Local and global
The Convention on the Rights of the Child applies to all children everywhere. Therefore the WCP Program begins by having students examine and discuss their own everyday lives before going on to look at how children are treated around the world.
Once everyone has gained sufficient knowledge about rights and democracy, and about the work of the three Child Rights Heroes, the students organise their own Vote Day in school and vote in the Global Vote. Throughout the world children are also educated as WCP Child Rights Ambassadors, so that they in turn can empower and educate their classmates about the rights of the child, especially the equal rights of girls, and democracy.
Through WCP, students can make their voices heard and have an influence on life in their local communities, in their country and in the world, now and in the future. Together with millions of other young people, most of them vulnerable children in poor countries, they can get involved in building a more compassionate world where everyone is treated equally, where children’s rights are respected and where humans and the environment are healthy.