Malala - KidsRights
"I want to live in a world where we take education for granted, because all of us have access to it"
Name

Malala

Country of origin
Pakistan
Current country
United Kingdom
Age
22
Theme:
Malala won the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2013. She was born on the 12th of July in 1997 and lives in the United Kingdom. She is committed to the right of girls to education and is well-known for it.

My name is Malala, I was born and raised in Pakistan. I fight for the right to education,  especially for girls. Education has always been an important issue in my family, because my father is a teacher. It is not a common thing for girls to go to school in Pakistan, but my father made sure I did. I wish that all other children in Pakistan are given the same opportunity. So that they can go to school too and receive the education they are entitled to! 

The initiative 
In 2009 the Taliban, a group of terrorists in my home country, said that girls could not go to school anymore. My friends and I really didn't understand what was wrong with girls going to school. My school organized a Peace March, in which I actively participated. I was invited to come and talk about it in a BBC talk show. It was very exciting, everyone in Pakistan could hear me. In the same period I kept an anonymous diary for BBC, my stories reached an enormous public. The Taliban wasn’t happy with all that and attacked me when I sat on the bus, travelling back home from school. I was seriously injured and was sent to England to recover. My family went with me.  

Together we make the world move 
KidsRights supports me, as a changemaker, in my fight for the right of children to education. I live in England now, where I study. Together with my father, I set up the Malala Fund to support the education of all children in the world. 

My mission
I want to tell as many children as possible around the world that they should go to school to learn. Knowledge is a weapon. It can make you do it all. Courage is not dependent on age. Everyone can do something against the violation of children's rights and everyone has the potential to be a changemaker. Change is possible! 

Highlights

Environment
Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO)
Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), is an environmental organization in Ghana, Africa, that was found in 2013, by a group of enthusiastic environmental science students. 
Education
Victoria’s English classes
What is the problem? The quality of education at many schools in Columbia, is not as high as it should be. Many students are not being taught any foreign languages like English. While in fact, these are very important to the future of a child, for example when they want to apply for an university. What is Victoria’s solution? Victoria’s solution is to tutor children (age 8-12) in English. Her lessons focus on words and phrases that the children can use in daily life, like introducing themselves, describing objects and talking about family. Because Victoria wants to tutor as many children as possible, she will expand her team with two of her classmates. What is the goal? Victoria will reach her goal once she has inspired other children and youths to take action and help other children, for example by tutoring them as well. She is also hoping that her project will continue to grow and reach more and more children. How does Victoria work? Victoria writes the teaching materials, plans the classes, and guides her two friends in teaching their classes. She also teaches the classes herself. They take place every Sunday. She sees finding a suitable location as a challenge. What does Victoria need? ·       Teaching materials for the tutoring classes ·       A suitable location to teach the classes Who does Victoria need? ·       Her mother, who often helps her with her projects ·       Two friends will help her teach the classes ·       Her English teacher will help her write the teaching materials
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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