Nyota - KidsRights
"It's time to put more effort in feminine hygiene management in school and public spaces. It causes drop outs in school and poor school attendance.’’
Name

Nyota

Country of origin
Burundi
Current country
Tanzania
Age
19
Theme:

Nyota and her parents live in the Mtendeli refugee camp in Tanzania. The political turmoil in Burundi in 2015 made them flee to Tanzania. Due to the taboo on menstruation, there is a lack of sanitary materials and separate toilets in the camp. It is the main reason why girls often do not attend school during their period or drop out of school. Nyota has launched a campaign in the Mtendeli refugee camp to create more awareness around feminine hygiene. She has given several workshops to girls and adults. Workshops that contributed to the improvement of facilities and lessened the shame amongst the girls. Nyota's goal is to extend the campaign to the adjacent Nyarugusu refugee camp.

Highlights

Child marriage
Mwandja’s children’s rights trainings
What is the problem?  In Mwandja’s community child marriage is a common issue. Girls are forced by their parents to get married early, and as result they are not able to finish their school and to continue studying. Girls have the same rights as boys and should therefore have similar changes to develop themselves. Mwandja wants to spread knowledge about children’s rights, hoping it will, amongst other things, stop forced marriages of girls. What is Mwandja’s solution? With a team of 25 other children Mwandja will give trainings for children about children’s rights. He wants to show them the effect child abuse and child marriages has on their environment. In the training Mwandja will mainly focus on the effects and risks of being pregnant as a kid or young teen, and the benefits of education. He will do this by discussions, theater, songs, and poems. The training will take place in the refugee camp. During the training Mwandja will hand out flyers to the participants. In this way, they can show their family and friends where they went, and tell them more about children’s rights. If children know what their rights are, they are better able to stand up for themselves. What is the goal?  Mwandja’s goal is achieved when child abuse, mainly child marriages, in his community has ended. How does Mwandja  work?  First, Mwandja will select 300 children that will participate in the training. 200 girls and 100 boys. After that, he will gather teaching- and hand out material and will make sure there is enough for everyone. He will lead a group of 25 children during this project. Mwandja expects some of the people will have some trouble adapting their habits and the they look at children’s rights. Because of this there will also be parents that do not want to participate in the project, nor let their children participate. Who does Mwandja need? The ensure the trainings will be successful he would like to get support from the leaders of villages, leaders of schools, teachers, and parents. What does he need?   A book about children’s rights to learn more from. A computer, pens, a notebook, a screen and flipover bord.
Violence
SEARCH: against violence in Liberia
Liberian Abraham M. Keita, also known as Keita, is the International Children's Peace Prize Winner of 2015. He fights for justice for children who have been victims of (sexual) violence. Not only because violence against children is common in Liberia, but also because Keita has had to experience it up close. Read more about Keita's courageous battle To support Keita in his fight, we searched for local project partners with the same goal. This resulted in a long-term collaboration with project partner SEARCH, an organization that works against violence against children in Liberia.
Violence
Hillary's Peace Clubs
What's the problem? In Ghana, in the neighborhood where Hillary lives, there is a lot of violence. This violence stems from conflicts between different Ghanaian tribes, and has already killed many people. This makes it unsafe for children to go to school and play outside. Fortunately, local organizations are fighting against violence and try to create peace. However, according to Hillary, children’s opinions are not taken into consideration when it comes to making decisions that affect them, and thinks they need to be more involved. This gave Hillary the idea to motivate and mobilize children to participate in activities that contribute to building peace. What is Hillary's solution? Hillary is convinced that his neighborhood will become safer when children and young people participate in campaigns that promote peace. For that reason he has established Peace Clubs, where young people unite and take action against violence. In each Peace Club there are 15 boys and girls, from 10 to 16 years old. Hillary thinks it is important that religions are brought together within these clubs, but also that all children can participate and, for example, disabled children are not excluded. The Peace Clubs organize events such as a Public Peace March and a Children's Peace Festival, to spread their message and motivate other peers to participate. What is the goal? The main goal of Hillary's Peace Clubs is to bring children from different backgrounds together and mobilize them to take action against violence. It is important that people start to see how important a child can be in building peace. How does Hillary work? Hillary thinks it's important to strengthen each other and is therefore planning to work together with several local organizations. He achieves this by telling the organizations about the Peace Clubs and by explaining how children can be of value in their activities. Hillary also guides the Peace Clubs with setting up peace marches, festivals and information sessions at schools. The Clubs meet once a week to exchange ideas. Another important part of Hillary's project is informing parents about the Peace Clubs visiting them personally. He does this so that the parents encourage their children to participate in the events of the Peace Clubs. What does Hillary need? Hillary uses posters, banners, pens and pencils to convey his message. Hillary also has shirts printed to create solidarity and to combat discrimination. By wearing the same shirt, all children look the same and everyone is equal. Who does Hillary need? Parents who give their children permission and motivate them to participate Schools where he can tell about his project Radio stations and newspapers to spread his message The local police to protect him and the other members of the Peace Clubs

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