Ahmed - KidsRights
“Every child should be free from abuses and have access to adequate opportunities.”
Name

Ahmed

Country of origin
Liberia
Current country
Liberia
Age
22
Theme:
Loves: Being an activist

Ahmed and his two brothers and sisters live with their grandmother in Liberia. He is studying and committed to helping orphans and children in his surroundings who are addicted to drugs.

Ahmed hopes that children continue to get the opportunity to be heard and be able to make decisions about issues that concern them.  

Highlights

Education
Paul’s fight for appropriate eduction
What is the problem? According to Paul education in Zambia is not how it should be, the lessons should be more child friendly. It does not entirely contribute to the children’s development, because it is not focussed on the children’s future. For example, they should be taught about leadership and how to solve problems. That way children will develop into responsible adults who little by little can create a better Africa. What is Paul’s solution? Paul would like to change the curriculum by reaching the Ministry of Education with a march of youth. When the ministry sees the amount of youth protesting for better education, they may be more likely to change it. Prior to the march he would like to create clubs of around 15 youth. Within these clubs they will discuss the education system. This way Paul will gain a better idea what the needs are. These clubs will make other youth enthusiastic about joining the march. Paul hope in excess of 300 youth will join the protest. What is his goal? Paul’s goal is to see change in the curriculum, for it to be more tailored to children’s needs. How does Paul work? Paul will make sure everything goes according to the plan. Prior to the protest he will contact the police, locale politicians and the red cross for them to support him with the march. He hopes to speak to the ministry himself, however this may be challenging. Who does Paul need? Students who would like to join his club. Other students willing to join the march. What does Paul need? Ideas of other changemakers around the world for inspiration Tips of Children’s Peace Prize winner Thandiwe, who has experience with championing education in Zambia.
Environment
Kids4SDGs
What is the problem?  Maxwell notices that few people around him know what the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are. The SDGs have been drawn up by the United Nations with the aim to bring an end to poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The SDGs are meant to make the world nicer, fairer and cleaner. In Maxwell’s community, education is qualitatively poor and little attention is being paid to the environment. He wants to do something about this and therefore he is taking action. What is Maxwell’s solution? With his project Kids4SDGs, Maxwell wants to focus on the improvement of knowledge about the SDGs among children between the age of 6 and 19 years old. He is aiming at education and environment. In this way he wants to motivate children to take action on these two themes. Maxwell will start with giving weekly information sessions about SDGs (aimed at environment and education) at two schools in his neighbourhood. He will, amongst other subjects, talk about how one can become a changemaker and how important it is to stand up for your own community. During these sessions the students will also learn writing and presentation skills. After that they will plant trees with the participants to make the world a greener place. At the same time a social media campaign will be launched to send his message to a wider audience. What is the goal?  The aim is to encourage children to become changemakers for the two SDG themes: education and environment or other themes which the children are interested in.  “ The world is ours, if we don’t do everything in our power to make it a better place, we would have failed not only ourselves but future generations as well.” – Maxwell How will Maxwell work?  Maxwell will arrange with two schools where the weekly information sessions can take place. He will draw up the content of the information sessions and he will make sure that this will be carried out correctly by his team. He will also be in charge of the social media campaign. W ho does Maxwell need?   ·       Maxwell is working with two different organizations. Colleagues from both organizations will help him with his project. ·       His 20 young volunteers who are helping by giving the information sessions. ·       KidsRights to connect him with other changemakers globally. What does Maxwell need?   ·       Ideas, successes and challenges from other changemakers.
Environment
Green Hope: to protect the environment
Youth organisation Green Hope is founded and lead by Kehkashan Basu. In 2016 she won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts to protect our environment and to create a sustainable future. Read more about Kehkashan When she was 12 she established Green Hope. They organized large scale events in Dubai to clean the beach. Green Hope has since become a large international organisation with more than a 1000 young members.
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