Become a Global Friend
Any school, children’s group or children’s organisation in the world can become a Global Friend of The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC). It gives all children under 18 in each school, group or organisation the right to take part in the Global Vote to decide who will receive the Global Friends’ Award.
44,000 schools with over 20 million students in 93 countries support the WCPRC as Global Friends. The Global Vote decides who should receive one of the main prizes, the Global Friends’ Award. In 2007, almost 5.2 million young people voted in the Global Vote.
Young people work with the WCPRC with the help of The Globe Magazine and Children's World. The Globe Magazine, which is a free illustrated publication, is published in nine languages and the website is published in 10 languages.
The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC) is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The WCPRC strengthens the voices of children and young people, promotes their humanitarian growth as global citizens, and helps them to demand respect for the rights of the child.
Some adults are patrons and Honorary Adult Friends of the prize. These include HRM Queen Silvia of Sweden; Nelson Mandela, South Africa; President and Nobel Peace Laureate José Ramos Horta, East Timor; Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, East Timor; Nobel Economics Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, USA; former Executive Director of Unicef Carol Bellamy; former UN Under-Secretary-General for children and armed conflict, currently the first World’s Children’s Ombudsman, Olara Otunnu; most-read living philosopher Ken Wilber; and supermodel Alek Wek.