Decade Child Rights Heroes

Children's Prize to Mandela and Machel

Former South African president Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel have been voted Decade Child Rights Heroes. The World Children’s Prizes Foundation says they were elected by more than 7.1 million children around the world.

The laureates were announced Friday on the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children at 53,000 schools in 101 countries voted for their favorite children’s rights advocate out of 13 candidates.

The prize will be handed out in April in a ceremony at Stockholm City Hall attended by Sweden’s Queen Silvia.