Who will be 29 million children’s Child Rights Hero?

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Friday, March 15, 2013

CHILDREN from the Philippines will join with millions of children around the world in a Global Vote to select this year’s Child Rights Hero, who will receive the World’s Children’s Prize for their work to defend the rights of the child.

The three candidates were chosen by an International Child Jury. The young members of the jury, one of them from the Philippines, are experts in the rights of the child through their own life experiences as child soldiers, debt slaves and more.

The World’s Children’s Prize, which counts Nelson Mandela and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden among its patrons, is the world’s largest annual educational program on the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship. Since its launch in the year 2000, 32.6 million children have participated in the program.


The three candidates are:

• James Kofi Annan, a former child slave and bank manager, who has been working to rescue and rehabilitate children used as fishing slaves in Ghana for the last ten years.

• Sompop Jantraka, a former child laborer, who has spent 25 years fighting the child sex trade and helping vulnerable children in the “Golden Triangle” area in Thailand and the neighboring countries.

• Kimmie Weeks, who has been fighting for children affected by war for 20 years. While a child himself, he exposed the President of Liberia recruiting child soldiers.

The children’s Global Vote for the rights of the child Millions of vulnerable children learn for the first time that they have rights through the WCP program. The program gives them knowledge and the confidence to make their voices heard and demand respect for the rights of the child.

At the end of the annual program, the participating children hold their Global Vote Day, with all the elements that constitute a real election, like presiding officers, electoral registers, voting booths and ballot boxes.

Through the Global Vote, children from all over the world select each year’s Child Rights Hero. The largest number of participants in any one year was 7.1 million voting children.

All three candidates are honored at the Award Ceremony at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden that will be held on October 17 this year, and where H.M. Queen Silvia helps the children to present the awards.

The prize money has helped thousands of the world’s most disadvantaged children towards a better life.

This year, the prize money of SEK 700,000 will be used to help children in slavery, children who have been exploited through trafficking, and children orphaned by war. (PR)


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