Ananias - KidsRights
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Name

Ananias

Country of origin
Uganda
Current country
Uganda
Age
23
Theme:
Loves: Travel. Reading and Gardening

Ananias comes from a large family of 6 brothers and 3 sisters and studies at a University in Uganda. He is motivated and energetic, good at making others enthusiastic and loves public speaking. He hopes to become a real changemaker for KidsRights. 

Highlights

Gender Equality
Fatima’s libraries
What is the problem? In Fatima’s environment women do not have a voice. For example, it is expected of girls that they quit school, will not start working or studying, and will take care of their family. But also many boys do not finish their school, but this is to start working and making money. Poverty plays a large role in this. Fatima wants children to know that girls and boys have the same right to go to school. It does not matter if you are poor or rich, all children have the right to education. What is Fatima’s solution? Fatima is convinced that reading is very important to the development of children. It gives them power and knowledge about for example equality, the environment, and rights. She wants girls to be aware of the fact that they have just as many rights as boys. That they are also allowed to learn, make decisions themselves, and are in charge of their own bodies. Fatima will do this by giving three different workshops for girls (9-13 years old): Reading stories to girls about inspiring women, to get them motivated to think about the future and studying Letting girls write, to show them and their parents what they can do: that they are smart and creative enough to stay in school Start the conversation with girls about sexuality and their bodies. They get to decide who touches them, and who doesn’t. Here they will learn why they are allowed to protect themselves, and how to do that. What is the goal? The goal is that girls know that they can decide themselves about their future, and take decisions themselves. They are allowed to stay in school, study, and work. Fatima hopes that girls will start protecting themselves and their bodies. Boys can’t just touch them, if they do not want them to. How does Fatima work? Fatima does not only guide the activities, but also participates herself. In this way, she wants to motivate the girls to share their personal experiences. Next to that she is helping her mother with planning the workshops. Like this she is half participant, half leader. She sees it as a challenge to get all the girls together. Lots of girls have to take care of their families, or their parents do not allow them to participate. What does Fatima need? More inspiring stories to read Internet A large screen Who does she need? Her mom’s help with finding sponsors, leading the activities, and printing the teaching material The participating girls Marleny (the librarian) that will help with the workshops
Education
Nyota's menstrual hygiene workshops
What is the problem?Many girls do not go to school when they have their monthly period. Sometimes they even stop going to school entirely.This also happens in the refugee camp where Nyota lives.Because of a taboo that rests on periods, hardly anything is spoken about it .Many girls and women are embarassed about their periods.Therefore they do not know how to take care of themselves during their periods. Furthermore there is no access to clean and private toilets which girls can use. Also materials that are needed such as soap and sanitary towels are difficult to access. What is Nyota’s solution?Nyota has already given workshops on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) to girls and young women in the refugee camp where she lives herself. She wants to extend these workshops to another refugee camp. Through her MHM workshops Nyota wants to make sure that parents talk to their children about menstruation. Besides that , she hopes that sex education will be given in schools. In this way boys as well as girls will know what changes take place in their bodies and how to cope with them. Nyota also proposes that a female teacher be engaged as a confidential counselor. The students will then have a person whom they can go to if they have any questions.Finally, it is important that girls have easy access to products such as soap and sanitary towels. This will ensure that girls will not have to miss school whenever they have their periods. What is the goal?Nyota’s goal is to make sure that all girls go to school, even when they have their periods. She also thinks that it is important to break the taboo that rests on menstruation by continuing to talk about the subject of menstruation. How does Nyota work?Because she has given the MHM workshops before, Nyota knows how to proceed. Together with a friend she leads the project and puts together the workshop. They give the workshop to children in the refugee camp. Mainly they address girls and young women between 12 and 25 years old. What does Nyota need? Flip charts Note pads Pens Reusable sanitary pads Who does she need? Parents who will talk to their children about menstruation Teachers who will give sexual information and who will engage a female teacher as confidential counselor Educational institutes that will adapt toilets and supply hygiene products
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