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The Global Vote – World's Children's Prize

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Uploaded on Jun 6, 2011

Every year, millions of children all over the world participate in the World’s Children’s Prize (WCP) program – the world’s largest education initiative for children on human rights and democracy.

So far, 36 million children have discovered that their votes count, and been empowered to demand respect for their rights. They become change agents in their own daily lives and in their countries. Three global legends and champions of freedom have got behind the WCP as patrons: Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Xanana Gusmão. Other patrons include H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu.

How does it work?
Before the program opens each year, three outstanding Child Rights Heroes are nominated by the WCP Child Jury. Their stories, and the stories of the children they fight for are told through The Globe, film clips and social media. Millions of students get the chance to identify with other children and learn about global issues, human rights and democracy. They discover how to make their own voices heard and contribute to a more humane world where children’s rights are respected and where each new generation grow up into global citizens.

Concludes with Global Vote
The program concludes with a Global Vote in which only children may participate. In schools all over the world, students organise their own voting days and vote for their child rights heroes. The nominee who receives the most votes is selected to receive the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC) while the other two nominees receive the World’s Children’s Honorary Award. All three nominees are honoured at the Award Ceremony.

Reaching the most vulnerable children
The WCP program is open to all children and all schools in the world, but the majority of those reached are poor and disadvantaged children who discover for the first time through the program that they have rights and can make their voices heard. They include street children, trafficked girls, former child soldiers, debt slaves, children living in dictatorships or in countries affected by epidemics, genocide or natural disasters. They gain faith in the future and a voice. The major international media attention raises awareness of children’s situations and puts pressure on decision makers.

We’re behind the World’s Children’s Prize
The WCP program was founded in 2000 and is run by the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation (WCPF), based in Mariefred, Sweden. The Foundation is independent of all political and religious affiliation and is a non-profit organisation run with support from bodies including the Swedish Postcode Lottery and Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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