Kingsley - KidsRights
“Children can transform societies positively when given the right environment.”
Name

Kingsley

Country of origin
Ghana
Current country
Ghana
Age
17
Theme:
Loves: Reading and music

Kingsley attends a high school in Ghana and is a member of its debate team. He wants to encourage other students to join the team as well, because debating teaches important skills like presentation skills and public speaking.

Kingsley’s wants to see children who dare to speak out, especially on matters that concern themselves. Kingsley will take action to realize this! Read more about his project here. 

Highlights

Health
Kicking Child Malnutriction Out of Uganda
What is the problem?  Malnutrition is a world wide problem, every year 2.6 million children die because of this. The effects of Malnutrition is most dangerous in pregnant woman and children. Ananias has seen that the woman in his area do not know how to feed themselves or their babies during or after pregnancy. It has to do with nourishment with low nutrients and high calories. This is one of the reasons too many babies are born underweight. It is important for the health of pregnant women and children that they are knowledgeable of malnutrition. That is why Ananias wants to become active. What is Ananias’ solution? Ananias wants to spread the knowledge of malnutrition in children and pregnant woman via an educational campaign. This campaign will focus especially on mothers and caregivers/nurses. He truly believes that by doing so malnutrition and underweight will decline. What is the goal?  Ananias’ goal is to see the total amount of malnutritional children sharply decline. How is Ananias going to do this?  Firstly, Ananias will ask youths (younger than 24) at his University to participate in his project. He will then participate in 6 local radio station to talk about malnutrition in children and pregnant women. After that, he wants to go together with his group of students to various neighborhoods and fugitive camps to spread the word on malnutrition. He will lead up the whole project himself and the planning and make sure that the goal is reached. 
Disabilities
Aznova's Inclusion Workshops
What is the problem? Barguna in Bangladesh, where Aznova is from, is a cyclone prone area and thus vulnerable to natural disasters. It does not offer inclusive disaster risk reduction initiatives for disabled people, who are much more at risk when disasters occur. Also, the education system is not inclusive and disabled children are left behind. People view disabled children as a burden of the family or community in general and as a result, disabled children have no proper access to services. What is Aznova’s solution? Aznova wants to provide disabled children with quality education and disaster risk reduction measures as well. She wants to raise awareness and change the public opinion on these two issues. She plans on doing this through a number of workshops and counselling sessions. The participants of these workshops would be the disabled children, their parents, the community’s youth, local journalists and members of the local government. During the workshop, she wants to empower disabled children to become role models in the community to show that every child has power and rights. Aznova wants children within her region to get organized as leaders and mobilize the community in favour of disabled children. Also, Aznova plans on having information sessions with disabled children and their parents to educate them that disability should not be seen as a burden on the family. What is Aznova’s goal? Aznova’s goal is that disabled children are seen as actual right-holding individuals, that are respected and adequately cared for appropriately to their condition. She thinks that her project will be successful once disabled children will no longer be undermined or discriminated against in her region. Aznova’s other goal is that community leaders, service providers and local authorities realize the importance of serving disabled children and giving them adequate access to services like education, disabled-friendly infrastructure and cyclone shelters and adequate health services. How does Aznova work? Aznova plans on leading her project, but strongly counts on the involvement and participation of other children. She will coordinate the projects and cooperate with other children to achieve its success. What does Aznova need? Disabled-children friendly materials to play and learn Who does Aznova need? In order to implement her projects, Aznova will need support from professionals on disability issues to give disabled children their needed support and that respect their rights fully. Also, she needs the participation of (disabled) children and their parents.
Environment
Isha’s nature workshops
What is the problem?  Climate change: according to Isha there is a lot of talk about it, and everybody can see the changes in the nature around them. However, not much is actually being done against it. It is too much about money and too little about the wellbeing of people and culture. Steps have to be made! Isha wants to make sure that this will happen, to make a start in moving the world! What is Isha’s solution? Isha’s solution is a three day workshop about Life Beyond Development, in which different types of developments are being discussed. The workshops are held with the help of films, discussions, games, stories, and walks through nature. In this way, the young participants learn how to critically look at their environment. As a result, they will be able to make more sustainable and thought out decisions about subjects such as education, health care, and nature. The three day workshop program: Day 1: The Life Beyond Development workshop in which the participants will look at different kinds of developments and its effect on nature and people. Day 2: In order to show them how quickly you can get results, the participants are getting to work. In this workshop, they will work in the garden for a day. Day 3: Nature! While walking, participants will get into contact with their environment, nature, and the climate. The 20 to 25 participants of the workshop are children that live in the neighborhoods where the organization of Isha’s parents is active.    What is the goal?  She hopes to see that after the workshops, children will start to look critically at how the people around the world are acting now, and to form an opinion about that. Next to that, she hopes that the children will starting taking action themselves in their own environment. It does not matter how small or big this initiative is! How does Isha work?  Isha’s role is to develop, set up and execute the project. Next to that, she will continue to do research about the current methods of fighting climate change. She thinks it will be a challenge to get a lot of children to participate, mostly because their parents have to be convinced first. Isha expects that parents will be afraid that it will negatively influence the children’s schoolwork. Who does Isha need?   ·         The organization of her parents for advice  ·         Local organizations that have the same goal as she does ·         Her 5 team members that help with giving the workshops What does Isha need?   ·         Tips and feedback of KidsRights ·         The experiences of other changemakers worldwide    
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