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Prepare for Changemaker Day

Find out how you can prepare for the best possible Changemaker Day by writing fiery speeches and creating everything from fun ballot boxes and election booths to colourful placards.

Start by inviting your families, local media and politicians well in advance to your Changemaker Day!

For the Global Vote, you will need to make a voting register, ballot boxes and a voting booth, among other things, and for My Voice and Round the Globe for Rights and Change, speeches must be written and signs made.

For the Global Vote, you need:

1. A voting register

Everyone with the right to vote must be on the register and will later be ticked off once they receive their ballot paper.

2. Ballot boxes

All ideas are allowed. Ballot boxes can be anything from empty jars, cardboard boxes and pots with WCP decoration to creative ballot boxes like houses and boats.

3. Voting booth

WCP voting booths tend to be creative, made from corn stalks, bamboo canes or fabric, for example. Some groups borrow voting booths from adult elections. The important thing is to ensure secrecy so no one can see how you vote.

4. Ballot papers

The ballot papers need to be cut to size. It is important that all three Child Rights Heroes are on the same ballot paper!

5. No cheating!

Mark those who have voted using felt pen, ink or something else that will not wash off easily. So no one can vote twice.

6. Appoint voting officials

The following are needed, but you can also take turns:
  • Voting officers, who mark off the voting register and hand out ballot papers.
  • Voting supervisors, who make sure that everything is being done properly.
  • Vote-counters, who count the votes for each Child Rights Hero.

For My Voice and your Round the Globe event, you will need to:

1. Write speeches and poems

About what changes you want to see to ensure greater respect for children’s rights.

2. Make signs and banners

Get hold of pieces of card (e.g. sides of boxes), large sheets of paper, light-coloured fabric, paint/pens and sticks. Plan your slogans for the changes you want to see. Remember that your words must be visible from a distance. Full sentences don’t work well. For instance, writing ‘All girls in school’ or ‘No child marriage’ is enough, and can be written in large letters.

3. Plan a meeting place

Where do you plan to meet after your Global Vote to show your signs, give speeches and perhaps perform songs and dances to celebrate children’s rights?

4.Prepare for your Round the Globe event

What route will you take for your 3-kilometre walk with signs and banners? Perhaps to the most important buildings in your town so that as many people as possible will see you?

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