Select award-winner for contribution towards child rights
The prize money is utilised for bettering the lives of vulnerable children
1.5 million students from 6,000 Indian schools participate in Global Vote
TIRUPATI: Young voters of Tirupati on Wednesday exercised their franchise in support of their counterparts suffering silently across the world.
As part of the ‘Global Vote Campaign’ conducted by the Sweden-based World Children’s Prize for Rights of the Child (WCPRC), students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s (BVB) Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati, cast their vote and reiterated their demand for respect of their rights in accordance with the UN Child Convention.
Considered the world’s largest annual educational and empowerment programme on child rights, the event allows children to select the right candidate for award of prizes for outstanding contribution to the cause.
An international child jury comprising soldiers, refugees, streetchildren and slaves and experts on child rights through their own experiences, decides on who will be the recipients of the award. Indian jury member Rakesh Kumar (13) represents children in hazardous labour and ‘non-existent’ children whose births have not been registered. About 5.2 million children had taken part in the Global Vote 2007, while over 6 million are expected to vote this year of whom, 1.5 million students are from 6,000 Indian schools. BVB Tirupati Kendra, which is part of the prestigious venture, had taken up the daunting task of educating its students about child rights.
The three contestants for the poll are Josephina Condori (Peru), who fought for the liberation of girls working as maids in conditions similar to slavery, Agnes Stevens (US), who championed the cause of homeless children by running a School on Wheels, and Somaly Man (Cambodia), who, braving death threats, launched a movement to protect the rights of the girls sold to brothels. Some 400 BVB students took part in the ballot. The results will be compiled and dispatched to WCPRC’s Indian Office in Lucknow.