Sibe - KidsRights
Name

Sibe

Country of origin
Nigeria
Current country
Nigeria
Age
20
Theme:
Promoting peace in Gokana

Sibe was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2017. He lives in Gokana, Nigeria. In his community there is a lot of violence between different groups of people. This leads to injured children as well as a lot of fear by children. Sibe is a peace agent - he wants to promote peace and thus advocates against discrimination. With his project, Sibe wants to inspire other children and youth to also advocate for peace. He will train other children to become peace agents as well. He wants to make young people aware of their role in the promotion of peace and gender equality in their communities and how they can use the platform to raise awareness. 

Highlights

Environment
Green Hope: to protect the environment
Youth organisation Green Hope is founded and lead by Kehkashan Basu. In 2016 she won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts to protect our environment and to create a sustainable future. Read more about Kehkashan When she was 12 she established Green Hope. They organized large scale events in Dubai to clean the beach. Green Hope has since become a large international organisation with more than a 1000 young members.
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
Raphael for safe schools
What is the problem?  Too many school-going children in Raphael’s surroundings experience violence at school. It is quite exceptional if a student has not been a victim of violence at school. Violence at schools and the students’ fear of attending school have huge consequences; school results decline and children dare not go to school anymore. School should be a safe place, where children and young people can study without fear of (sexual) violence or bullying. What is Raphael’s solution? A Writing and drawing competition for students under the theme: The school I want. In this way students can describe what a safe school means to them and how they can tackle violence. The best stories can be used to draw attention to safer schools. Raphael would also like to organize a training for teachers on how one can punish students without using violence. This training lasts three days and is developed by the children’s rights organization where Raphael is doing his internship. They will also help in giving the training courses. Finally, Raphael will lead discussions between students and teachers in a pleasant and safe surrounding, so that they can discuss the ways to stop the violence. Students can also come in contact with each other to get to know each other better and learn to respect each other’s cultures. In this way Raphael hopes that bullying will be stopped. What is the goal? The goal is to carry out the project in 2 primary schools and 3 secondary schools in Raphael’s village in Tanzania. He hopes that 40 teachers and 1000 students will take part. Raphael’s project will be successful if more students go back to school, more students further their studies and no more violence will occur. How will Raphael work?  Raphael will focus on contacting people who can help him with his project. He will approach those who can sponsor his project or those who have the same goal as he does. He would also like to plan weekly evaluations with the people who work with him on his project, so that he can make sure that everything is going as planned. He expects that it will be a challenge changing the behaviour of teachers and the punishments they carry out. They have been used to this and doing it for years. Who does Raphael need?   The children’s rights organization, where he is doing his internship, is helping him to set up the project and is giving the professional training sessions to teachers. Raphael has also been a member of a youth council for years and the members of this council will also help. What does Raphael need?   Contact with other changemakers who are doing the same. If they can share their experience and knowledge, they can make the world a better place together.

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