Benedict - KidsRights
“Child marriage reduces a girl’s ability to realize their full potential.”
Name

Benedict

Country of origin
Sierra Leone
Current country
Sierra Leone
Age
15
Theme:

Benedict lives in Sierra Leone, Africa. For years he has tried to bring attention to child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Among other things, he organises activities during an annual event. This local event lasts 19 days and campaigns against child abuse and violence against children.  

In Benedict’s area child marriage and teenage pregnancy are very common. Benedict wants this to stop and bring everyone freedom and equal opportunities! 

Highlights

Education
Mohamed’s schools without stress
What is the problem?  According to Mohamed, the current school system in the Netherlands is causing a lot of stress and depression among young people. Students are given too many tests and too much homework, whereby  they have to constantly perform well. In Finland, students are at school for a shorter period and have less homework, yet they perform very well and feel a lot better. Mohamed wonders why we do not adopt this school system in the Netherlands and that is why he is taking action. What is Mohamed’s solution? Mohamed wants to make use of a film to raise awareness for the current education system and shows how it can be done differently. He will conceptualize and record the film. He will also do research on school systems. The results of his research will be presented in the film. He hopes to show viewers what kind of stress and work pressure students are experiencing and how this can be changed. What is the goal?  The goal is to start a dialogue between young people, school boards, town councils, the government and principals. The ultimate goal is to change the school system. How does Mohamed work?  Mohamed will start by doing research on the different methods of teaching and then make an assessment. Besides this he will also do research on the current system and the innovative systems. Mohamed will contact experts whom he can interview and will also be the host of the show. The film will be distributed via social media, even though he thinks it will be a challenge to channel it to the right people. Who does Mohamed need?   ·         Local experts whom he can interview, such as the school principal, teacher or the ‘Kinderombudsvrouw’( the Dutch children’s ombudsperson). ·         KidsRights for their help in setting up the project. ·         Friends who will help in filming. ·         A camera crew. What does Mohamed need?   ·         Editing material. ·         The network of KidsRights for the contact with experts and help with the distribution of the film. ·         Tips on reaching the right people.
Peace
Sibe's Youth Clubs for Peace
What is the problem? Sibe lives in Gokana, Nigeria. This town is home to a few groups that are constantly fighting with each other. They cause a lot of discrimination and violence in Sibe’s neighborhood. Children and adults get injured or even die. As a result, both children and adults live in fear, and are afraid to leave their houses. The groups in Sibe’s neighborhood try to recruit children so they will join the group. Therefore, the groups continue to exist, just like discrimination and violence. Sibe wants to end the discrimination and violence in his neighborhood and is taking action. What is Sibe’s solution? Sibe wants to establish clubs for young people, that collectively fight for peace and against the groups in the neighborhood. Each club has a young leader, who convinces the children to not join any of the groups. First, these leaders have to follow a training, in which they learn how to inform and motivate their peers to take action. The leaders meet weekly to discuss the progress they make. Next to that, Sibe wants to develop a program about gender equality and violence. This will teach children how to detect and understand the negative consequences of the groups’ actions. The aim is that this will lead to a decrease in the amount of children that join any of the violent groups, and an increase in the amount of children that want to fight for peace and are aware of their rights. What is the goal? Sibe’s goal is to take action for peace with as many children as possible. He wants to start with reaching and convincing 50 children below 13 years old. How does Sibe work? Sibe’s hometown is divided into 17 communities. Eventually, he wants to reach all of them, but he is going to start with one. He will lead the project himself and will look for children that can help him. He would also like to work together with local organizations that can support his goal. What does Sibe need? He needs teaching material such as informative picture (infographics) for the trainings and the program. Besides that, Sibe needs pens, paper and pencils. Who does he need? Local organizations to support his activities and getting useful information. Members for the clubs for young people. Young leaders to support him and lead the clubs for young people
Health
Chinrasu’s activities
What is the problem?  Chinrasu has seen how more and more children in his community drink alcohol. They start at a very young age, often when they are about 12 years old. Many of them consider alcohol to be a normal part of life because they see it in their community, in movies, and in commercials. Drinking alcohol is considered manly and cool and young people are influenced by this image. All too often, this results in alcoholism, especially among the children and youth of poor neighbourhoods. Few know about the negative effects of alcohol, like diminished concentration. Alcohol use has a big impact on the development of children. Chinrasu wants to change this and has decided to take action. What is Chinrasu’s solution? Chinrasu will organize three activities at his university: Activity 1 is a small festival held in April. The theme of the festival is a happy childhood and participants are made aware of the negative effects of addictive substances like alcohol. Activity 2 uses movies and exhibitions to raise awareness. It is held in May. Activity 3 is held in June and focusses on professional organizations that offer help to addicted children. The activities aim to make the participants aware of how bad addiction is and what the effects on their health and future are. What is the goal?  Chinrasu hopes that the 25 participants will understand the risks of addiction and refrain from using drugs and alcohol. He also wants children who are already addicted to participate and accept the professional help offered in activity 3 so that they can hopefully beat their addiction. How does Chinrasu work?  Chinrasu is the leader of the project. He thinks it will be difficult to get children and youths who are already addicted to participate in the activities. Who does Chinrasu need?   Friends, to help him with the activities Students and teachers, to attend the activities Local organizations, to support him and offer professional help to addicted youths What does he need?   Feedback on his project plan from KidsRights Materials to arrange the exhibition and play the movies

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