Sumaiya - KidsRights
Name

Sumaiya

Country of origin
Bangladesh
Current country
Bangladesh
Age
17
Theme:
Ensure Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents to Develop Enlightened Generation

Sumaiya was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2017. She is an active changemaker. She stopped child marriages, advocated for education of children in poverty and is now focused on the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights.

 

Many children, youth and parents in Sumaiya's community are not aware of their sexual and reproductive health rights. She wants to start youth clubs to inform children about their rights. With the members of the youth clubs, she wants to also raise awareness to parents and other youth in the community.

Highlights

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.
Gender Equality
Aichurek's theaters
What's the problem? In Kyrgyzstan, many families live in poverty and violence. Parents do not earn enough money or no money at all, so the children have to work. As a result, they cannot go to school. Often, it is the girls that cannot go to school because they have to work. Aichurek has been working since she was 12 years old, as her mother has a disability with which she cannot work. What is Aichurek's solution? Aichurek wants girls to know what their rights are. Because every child has the right to education, a safe environment and a life without violence! Aichurek first heard about children’s rights at the child protection center in her neighborhood. She was immediately determined to learn more and to inform other children about their rights. By organizing forum theater, Aichurek wants to make children aware of their rights. But what is forum theater? It is theater where problems are re-enacted, which the audience itself sometimes experiences. During the theater, the cast often stops performing. They do this so that the audience can have a say in how the play should proceed. The audience will then discuss questions such as: What does the main character want? Why is this not working? What else could he / she do? For example, Aichurek wants to make a play about families, working girls and violence. Daily problems are reenacted in the play. It will be problems that almost all of the students have seen, heard or experienced. What is the goal? The goal is to teach girls that they have a choice. They need to know that they have rights and what these rights entail. It is important to show the children that anyone can change his or her life. You just need to believe in yourself. Aichurek also wants boys to realize that girls have the same rights as they have. She wants teachers, school directors and parents to see how the violations of children’s rights are experienced by the children. How does Aichurek work? First, Aichurek wants to create a team with peers. Together with this team she wants to think, write and practice the plays for the forum theater. She will then search for schools where the plays can be performed. Before the forum theater begins, she will ask for the students’ opinions on equality between girls and boys. She does this to see if they change their opinion after the forum theater. Who does Aichurek need? Aichurek has mentors within the child protection center, who will support her with her plans. But of course she also needs peers who want to join her, as well as schools that give her permission to come by and play the forum theater.

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