Skyline Elementary announces World Children’s Award
Children rarely have a say in decisions of international importance — except when it comes to name the World’s Children’s Prize Decade Hero award winner. For this prize, voters are required to be younger than 18.
On Friday, this year’s winners were announced at hundreds of conferences held around the world, including one at Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach.
Children around the world selected Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel for their work against apartheid and for the rights of children in South Africa. Several Skyline students spoke during the conference about impoverished children worldwide and thanked the 13 nominees for their work.
The award is comparable to the Nobel Peace Prize. It resulted from the list created 20 years ago by the United Nations, defining the basic rights for children. The winner also receives a $140,000 prize to be used toward his or her work for children’s rights.
Skyline is a representative school in the U.S. that participates in the Children’s World Organization. In 2007 the school sent student Tommy Rutten as a U.S. representative to the U.S. World’s Children Organization in Sweden.
Skyline students also watched the organization’s 2009 video, which showed children around the world voting for the Decade Hero winner and rallying for more support of children’s rights organizations in their counties.
For more information, visit www.childrensworld.org.
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