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The Crown Princess presents the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child

The Crown Princess presents the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child to James Kofi Annan from Ghana. To the left is one of the boys saved from slavery by James. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

On Thursday 17 October, The Crown Princess presented the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child to former child slave James Kofi Annan from Ghana. The ceremony took place at Gripsholm Castle.
On arrival at the castle, The Crown Princess was met by two of the jury members, 15-year-old Mae Segovia from the Philippines and 16-year-old Kewal Ram from Pakistan. In the White Room, The Crown Princess greeted World's Children's Prize programme participants.
 
The prize-giving ceremony, which was led by 18-year-old Lisa Bonongwe from Zimbabwe, then took place in the Hall of State. The Crown Princess presented the awards to the following recipients:
 
Child rights hero and winner of the World's Children's Prize for children's rights 2013 was James Kofi Annan, a former child slave and bank manager from Ghana. He has spent ten years fighting to save children in Ghana who work as fishing slaves, and has managed to help many of them to achieve a better life.
 
In his speech of thanks, James emphasised the importance of education, and mentioned that school is a way of ending child labour.
 
The World's Children's Prize Honorary Award was presented to Sompop Jantraka from Thailand, who has fought for 25 years to combat the child sex trade and to help particularly vulnerable children in the Golden Triangle. The other honorary award was presented to Kimmie Weeks from Liberia, who has spent twenty years fighting to help children who have been affected by war.
The Crown Princess presents the Children's Prize Honorary Award to Kimmie Weeks from Liberia. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The Crown Princess presents the Children's Prize Honorary Award to Kimmie Weeks from Liberia. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Sompop Jantraka from Thailand also won the Children's Prize Honorary Award. To the left is one of the girls Sompop saved from the sex trade. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Sompop Jantraka from Thailand also won the Children's Prize Honorary Award. To the left is one of the girls Sompop saved from the sex trade. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT


The World's Children's Prize


The World's Children's Prize (WCP) is a unique education programme for children, who work for children's rights and to achieve a more compassionate world. Since the programme was founded in 2000, 34.8 million children — including more than half a million in Sweden — have been involved and have learnt about children's rights, democracy and global friendship.
 
60,000 schools (of which 1,710 are in Sweden) in 108 countries act as Global Friend schools for the World's Children's Prize.
 
Children vote for the winner of the prestigious prize in recognition of efforts to promote children's rights via the Global Vote.
 
H.M. The Queen, together with Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, among others, is a patron of the World's Children's Prize.
 
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