Children: Let Them Amaze You
Let Them Be Children
“The World’s Children’s Prize” (WCP) promotes the rights of children, teaches them the merits of democracy, and honors those who are working hard to make things better for children. What a great idea!
Children have been disenfranchised, abused and neglected by adults since the beginning of time. I like the approach that WCP takes. Choose champions for children who are on the ground, and stepping up to stop the harm that children face in their daily lives.
WCP began fifteen years ago in Sweden and has grown into a global movement. Since 2000 nearly 36.4 million children have been empowered and educated on child rights and democracy. 59,748 schools in 110 countries support the World's Children's Prize.
Each year, children vote as global citizens for the prize winners. Here’s more on that part of the story:
Every year, millions of children around the world arrange their own Global Vote for the Rights of the Child. They come to cast their votes on camels and bicycles, in boats, on foot in snowmobiles or horse drawn carriages.
In the first Global Vote in 2001, 19,000 children participated. In 2009, over 7.1 million children voted. Even children in single-party states and living under dictatorships participate. In Burma, children use magazines and ballots smuggled across the boarder from Thailand. In Zimbabwe, over half a million children have participated in voting organised by the girls in the Girl Child Network.
And here’s more about the program:
A world where the rights of the child are universally respected and where every new generation grows up as humane global citizens.
To catalyse the growth and development of a more humane global community through an integrated global educational program, engaging a growing number of children throughout the world.
The program includes:
• An educational process built on the principle of ‘by children for children’, promoting children’s rights*, a strong and vibrant democratic civil society, the protection of the environment and global friendship.
• Recognizing children’s champions who inspire children throughout the world because of their outstanding work for children whose rights have been violated.
• Support for the world’s most vulnerable children by granting prize sums to the individuals and organisations which we recognise in order to enable them to further their work.
• The empowerment of children, especially those who suffer violations of their rights, giving them a voice in the world, respect for their rights and faith in the future.
Here’s a link to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for those who would like to read the Universal Declaration and 54 Articles that define these rights.
Here's more on what The World's Children's Prize is accomplishing.
Here’s how you can help The World’s Children’s Prize continue and expand their work on behalf of children everywhere.