Ishmael - KidsRights
“It takes great patience and sacrifice to overcome and realise your passion, but once it happens you become a hero.”
Name

Ishmael

Country of origin
Sierre Leone
Current country
Sierre Leone
Age
24
Theme:
Loves: reading, volunteering and making a change.

Ishmael is a changemaker for gender equality. He wants to educate girls and their parents about the importance of education of girls and the rights of the child. He is going to organize seminars and workshops about the negative consequences of gender inequality, child marriage and child abuse. He also is going to organize group discussions in his community. With this project he wants that the girls and their parents understand the rights of the girls and send them to school in stead of to work or let them get married.

Highlights

Violence
Ewelle’s step-by-step plan against child trafficking
What is the problem?  Every single day, children all around the world fall victim to violence. In Liberia, this happens to almost half of the young people under 15. Child trafficking is one form of violence in which children are sold and forced into prostitution, forced to work, or enslaved. Many children in Ewelle’s community suffer from child trafficking. Ewelle believes that children and youths should grow up in an environment free of violence and child trafficking and he has decided to take action! What is Ewelle’s solution? His solution consists of three steps: KNOW: the first step is to inform children, youths & adults so that they understand what child trafficking is, what its risks are and how children fall victim to it. CONNECT: once the facts have been reviewed, the emotional side of child trafficking will also be discussed. Survivors will share their experiences with participants. MOBILIZE & INFLUENCE: the final step is encouraging the community to take action against child trafficking. And motivate them to encourage others in turn. Ewelle will organize a protest march, the Walk of Freedom, to support this goal. He hopes that some 100 to 200 young people between the ages of 17 to 25 will participate. What is the goal? Ewelle hopes to end child trafficking in at least one area of the city. How does Ewelle work?  Ewelle leads his own project with support from the organization he works for. He will invite people to his meetings through e-mail, social media and telephone calls. He will also visit people at home. The meetings will take place at the university. Who does Ewelle need?   ANPPCAN (African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect) for technical support of the project. Members of the 100 Million Campaign Group. Read more about the group here.  Ewelle wants to talk with city leaders and organizations. He hopes to win their support in the battle against child trafficking. What does Ewelle need?   Training material like posters, videos, and toolkits. T-shirts for the Walk of Freedom.
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.

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