It was Simon Flem Devold, a well-known Norwegian writer and friend of children, who in 1987 suggested that North Cape, the prominent geographic and historic point of intersection between East and West, be used for something of positive, symbolic value far beyond the borders of Norway.
Why not, he thought, bring children from different nations and cultures together at North Cape and let them create a lasting expression of youthful understanding, cooperation and joy - uninhibited by national, racial, religious or political boundaries!
In June 1988, seven boys and girls from as many countries on several continents converged on the cliff to create reliefs of clay with motives reflecting their creativity and emotions. The youngsters who in this manner demonstrated the congenital desire of children everywhere to have a good time and be friendly toward each other, were Jasmine from Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Rafael from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Ayumi from Kawasaki in Japan, Sithidej from Bangkok in Thailand, Gloria from Jesi in Italy, Anton from Murmansk in the (former) Soviet Union and Louise from New York City, USA. From the very beginning, they were called The Children of the Earth.
As of 2019, Children of the Earth Award has been handed out 31 times.
Million Norwegian kroner
A total of NOK 3.6 million has been donated to 29 individuals (22 women and 7 men) and seven organizations.
On award ceremony
About 500 school children from Magerøya island in Finnmark county - where North Cape is located - participate in the award ceremony.
Children of the Earth prizewinner 2019
Hanne Baardseth and Gladys Espinoza Tejada came to the North Cape to receive the award along with two 13 year old girls from Norwegian - Bolivian orphanage Villa Porvenir, Sarai Mendez Maldonado and Lizeth Mariscal Zarate. Hanne Baardseth grew up in Bærum, worked for seven years as a teacher in the municipality of Loppa in western Finnmark, and later lived 31 years in Bolivia.
Children of the Earth
A unique idea - An exciting project at North Cape - An annual prize to destitute children.