Mwandja - KidsRights
“Change will not come over night, it takes time and thus we should work together.”
Name

Mwandja

Country of origin
Congo
Current country
Tanzania
Age
18
Theme:
Loves: Reading and soccer

Mwandja grew up in Congo, where he had to flee for the war. Since then Mwandja has been living in a refugee camp in Tanzania. He finished high school and for a long time he has been working a changemaking activities. He was a member of the child parliament, in order to raise awareness for children’s rights. They were hoping to change the behavior of people in his community, especially concerning child marriages and violence against children.

Next to that, Mwandja worked at the radio station of one of our Children’s Peace Prize winners Baruani. Read more about Baruani’s radio station here

His dream is to become a large, successful changemaker, who is fighting for children’s rights and taking action against violence against children. He is hoping for a child friendly community, without discrimination, abuse, and violence. A community in which children’s rights are being respected.

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Highlights

Environment
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.
Violence
Yousra against sexual violence
What is the problem?  Sexual violence against children happens all too often in Yousra’s community. A child facing sexual violence will deal with it for the rest of their life. Yousra wants to stop this and has decided to take action. What is Yousra’s solution? Yousra wants to bring a change by educating young people about sexual violence. She will provide them with information about sexuality in general and sexual violence in particular. This will happen in three phases. She hopes to increase awareness on this subject so young people can decide for themselves how to handle it. This is important because many families still consider this a taboo subject, which causes it to be a subject no one talks about. What is the goal?  The goal is to inform as many people as possible about sexual violence, convince them to talk about it and change their attitudes towards this subject. She hopes for a safe country without discrimination or intimidation.   What is Yousra’s method? Yousra expects a difficult challenge in convincing her community of the importance of her project and in encouraging people to speak about this sensitive topic. Who does Yousra need? ·         Two other changemakers from her school class (ages 15 and 16). ·         Local organizations that want to help her. What does Yousra need?   ·         More attention for this problem, for example through tv commercials.
Education
Nyota's menstrual hygiene workshops
What is the problem?Many girls do not go to school when they have their monthly period. Sometimes they even stop going to school entirely.This also happens in the refugee camp where Nyota lives.Because of a taboo that rests on periods, hardly anything is spoken about it .Many girls and women are embarassed about their periods.Therefore they do not know how to take care of themselves during their periods. Furthermore there is no access to clean and private toilets which girls can use. Also materials that are needed such as soap and sanitary towels are difficult to access. What is Nyota’s solution?Nyota has already given workshops on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) to girls and young women in the refugee camp where she lives herself. She wants to extend these workshops to another refugee camp. Through her MHM workshops Nyota wants to make sure that parents talk to their children about menstruation. Besides that , she hopes that sex education will be given in schools. In this way boys as well as girls will know what changes take place in their bodies and how to cope with them. Nyota also proposes that a female teacher be engaged as a confidential counselor. The students will then have a person whom they can go to if they have any questions.Finally, it is important that girls have easy access to products such as soap and sanitary towels. This will ensure that girls will not have to miss school whenever they have their periods. What is the goal?Nyota’s goal is to make sure that all girls go to school, even when they have their periods. She also thinks that it is important to break the taboo that rests on menstruation by continuing to talk about the subject of menstruation. How does Nyota work?Because she has given the MHM workshops before, Nyota knows how to proceed. Together with a friend she leads the project and puts together the workshop. They give the workshop to children in the refugee camp. Mainly they address girls and young women between 12 and 25 years old. What does Nyota need? Flip charts Note pads Pens Reusable sanitary pads Who does she need? Parents who will talk to their children about menstruation Teachers who will give sexual information and who will engage a female teacher as confidential counselor Educational institutes that will adapt toilets and supply hygiene products
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