Mayra - KidsRights
"With education the vicious circle of poverty and violence can be broken"


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Mayra won the International Children´s Peace Prize in 2008. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil, on the 31st of August in 1991. Mayra fights against the violence in Brazilian slums and for children´s rights to safety and education.

My name is Mayra. I grew up in one of the poorest favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro. In my favela, police and drug gangs fight each other to the bitter end. Many children fall victim to this violence.  

The initiative 
When I was 11 years old, the situation got out of hand to the extent that the army set up checkpoints at the entrance roads to my favela, to keep unwanted guests out. 

A side effect of this security measure was that schools and hospitals had to close down, because doctors and teachers couldn’t come into the community anymore. But children have the right to education! So I stood up for my right and asked to be admitted to a school somewhere else. Ever since, I have continued to fight for my rights and that of other children and young people. I organized, for example, a peace march in which hundreds of young people participated.  Together, we were able to convince the police to patrol further away from schools, to avoid violence nearby. Moreover, police and drug gangs agreed to not shoot during school hours. As a result, many children were able go to school again!  

Together we move the world 
KidsRights supports me, as a changemaker, in my fight against the violence in the favelas. The residents of the favela can make a difference if they really want to, as long as they have more faith in themselves. Together we must stand up for our rights to education and peace!   

My mission 
Everyone has a role to play in improving children's rights. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, politician or farmer, man or woman, young or old. We can, and should, all stand up and make a difference, as real changemakers!  


Subasana’s Eco-Clubs
What is the problem? Many schools in Nepal do not teach personal hygiene and the importance of a clean environment. Because of this, children pay little attention to the cleanliness of schools and have little knowledge about taking care of themselves. Because all children have the right to clean surroundings, Subasana wants to take action. What is Subasana’s solution? Subasana wants to set up Eco-Clubs at schools where children are taught about personal hygiene and the environment so that they themselves can inform other children about this. She would like to start with one Eco-Club at a school to see if it works. After that she hopes to apply that to other schools in Nepal. Subasana lives in Germany, where she will think up a plan for the project, set it up and direct it. Sumi and Tsering are two young girls who Subasana has known for some time and who have experience with training programmes. They will train Eco-Club members who will be able to give information to other students. During these information sessions the Eco-Club members will tell their fellow students more about the importance of clean surroundings and personal hygiene. Together they will clean the school grounds and the interior of the school such as the school playground and the toilets. What is the goal? Subasana hopes that by training Eco-Club members, future leaders, who are aware of the environment and who can inform others about this, will be created How does Subasana work? One school will be approached whereby a number of students will be selected as members of the Eco-Club. Subasana will write a letter to this school to ask if they want to cooperate with her project. Besides that teaching material will be developed, results will be monitored and reports will be written. She will direct the project from Germany. Who does she need? Subasana’s father and cousin are also involved in the project and will report to Subasana. A Nepalese partner organization that has experience in training and workshops will support her project. What does Subasana need? Teaching material to train the Eco-Club members. Workshop material for Eco-Club members so that they can inform other students and be able to clean the school.
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. 
Godfrey’s Green Life
What is the problem?  Godfrey sees in his surroundings, for example on the beach, on the street where he lives and in schoolyards, a lot of rubbish lying around. People do not know what to do with rubbish; recycling is hardly ever done. Godfrey thinks that many people do not know exactly what they should do with their rubbish. That’s why he wants to take action! What is Godfrey’s solution? Godfrey would like to inform his community about the environment and its preservation. In this way people will be more aware of their surroundings and maybe even pick up the rubbish lying around. To get people to be more aware, he wants to plant 50 trees with a group of people, because this will contribute to the preservation of nature and the improvement of the climate. When planting the trees he wants tell participants the importance of this action. He also wants to show how to recycle and re-use plastic by making things for the home, for example. Citizens can make a difference in the preservation of the environment by taking good care of it. Godfrey wants to raise awareness by giving information and taking immediate action, What is the goal?  Godfrey’s goal is to see a difference in his surroundings, that people are responsible for their rubbish and that the streets are no longer filthy. He wants to reach out to at least 100 people with his project. How will Godfrey work?  Godfrey will set up a team who will work with him on his project. He sees this as the biggest challenge in his project. After his project, he will look after and care for the young trees, which will be planted during his project. Who does Godfrey need?   ·       His brother and two friends (16 -18 years old) will help him with the project. ·       Participants of all ages. What doesGodfrey need?   ·       Advice and guidance to set up his project and to make it a success. ·       Trees
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