The World’s Children’s Prize program is the world’s largest annual rights and democracy education initiative for children, educating and empowering children as changemakers. Millions of children experience other children’s lives, and the lives of Child Rights Heroes through their stories. Once they are empowered as changemakers they make their voices heard and stand up for human fellowship, the equal value of all people, the rights of the child, democracy and sustainable development, now and in the future.
How does it work?
The World’s Children’s Prize program is run annually in schools worldwide. Each year, three out-standing child rights advocates are nominated for the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. Children study the WCP storytelling resources including The Globe, video and social media.
They experience other children’s lives, and discover how the child rights heroes ﬁght for the rights of these children. They learn about and discuss child rights and democracy.
Once they’ve been empowered to be changemakers themselves, they have conﬁdence to make their voices heard and stand up for human fellowship, the equal value of all people, the rights of the child, democracy and sustainable development. In No Litter Generation, a part of the WCP program, children ﬁght for the environment.
Celebrate with a Global Vote
The program includes a Global Vote in which only children organise their own election days with all that goes with it, from election booths to ballots. They vote for their Child Rights Heroes and celebrate the rights of the child. The largest number of voting children in one year has been 7.1 million.
Child Rights Heroes honoured
The candidates who gets the most votes receives the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, while the other two candidates receive the World’s Children’s Honorary Award.
Tributes are paid to all three Child Rights Heroes at a child headed ceremony at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. The children are assisted by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden in presenting the awards.
The prize money, which totals 100,000 US dollars, is used
to support the Child Rights Heroes’ eﬀorts. Since the start this has helped improve the lives of tens of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Reaching the most vulnerable children
The WCP program is open to all children and schools. However, the majority of those reached are poor and vulnerable children, living in poor and conflict-ridden states. Through the program they discover for the first time that they have rights and can make their voices heard. This includes former street children and child soldiers, trafficking victims and bonded slaves, children living under dictatorships or in armed conflict, and children affected by epidemics or natural disasters. Through the WCP program they gain faith in the future and a voice. The media attention raises awareness of children’s issues and puts pressure on decision makers.
Patrons of the World’s Children’s Prize include Malala Youzafsai, the late Nelson Mandela, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Graça Machel, Desmond Tutu and Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Tens of thousands of volunteers and organisations help to implement the WCP program every year, including at least 50,000 teachers and over a hundred organisations, social enterprises and departments of education.
70,000 schools in 116 countries have signed up as WCP Global Friend-schools Since the program’s launch, half a million teachers have been trained to work actively with children’s rights, democracy and sustainable development in schools.
Unique Child Jury
Every year, the World’s Children’s Prize receives a large number of nominations of child rights advocates from around the world. The three
ﬁnal candidates each year are selected by the World’s Children’s Prize Child Jury, which consists of children from 15 countries who are experts in the rights of the child through their own life experiences as, for example, child soldiers and bonded slaves.
We’re behind the World’s Children’s Prize
The WCP program was founded in the year 2000 and is run by Swedish non-proﬁt the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation (WCPF).
The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation (WCPF) is supported
by a number of bodies including
the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Sida, Forum Syd, Julia & Hans Rausing Trust, H.M. Queen Silvia’s Care About the Children Foundation and the Survé Family Foundation.