Thandiwe - KidsRights
"Educating a child is to teach the whole community. A trained child means a more developed society"


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Thandiwe is the International Children's Peace Prize winner of 2007. She was born on 15 February 1991 and lives in Zambia. Thandiwe is committed to the rights to education and information on Hiv/Aids. She not only informed her own circle on HIV/AIDS, but also wrote a book for children on the subject: The Chicken with AIDS.

I am Thandiwe and I grew up in a small village in Zambia, where HIV/AIDS is common. The effects of this disease have hit my village hard. A lot of people died, including some of my teachers at school. I was 8 years old when our school had to close down because there weren’t enough teachers anymore. So I couldn’t go to school any longer, just like so many other children in my village. Education, a basic right for every child, is so important and we were not able to access it!  

The initiative

Therefore, I organized a march to another school. 60 students participated in it and all were admitted to this school! Ever since, I haven’t stopped fighting for the right to education and for the right to be informed on HIV/AIDS. To ensure that as many children as possible know what the dangers of HIV and AIDS are, I wrote a book for children; The Chicken with AIDS. It’s about a chicken who, because of  her different relationships, gets infected with HIV and passes the virus on to a duck. My message is that everbody has to protect himself or herself against the virus.   

Together we move the world

KidsRights supports me, as a changemaker, in my fight for a world without HIV/AIDS and for a world where every child can go to school. At my old school, we  built a library called Thandiwe’s Library where children can develop their talents in different ways.  

My mission

I believe that change starts with us, the children and young people of this world. It is important to make yourself heard, for you to speak out, to be strong and to never stop! We, together, as changemakers, can change the world. 


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.
Child participation
Karthik’s children’s manifest
What is the problem? Political parties in Karthik’s neighbourhood do not respect children’s rights. The needs of children are not taken into consideration and hardly any money is made available for this. The rights of children are just ignored. The right to education, for example, is only applicable to children up to and including 14 years old and child labour is allowed after this age. Karthik wants to increase the age to this right to 18 years old. What is Karthik’s solution? Karthik is going to gather 20 active and concerned children and youth in one group. Together they will make sure that the age is increased from 14 to 18 years old. The group will do this by presenting a manifest to local political parties. A manifest is a document containing a summary of clear statements which everyone can read. This manifest will be drawn up by a group of 20 children and youth. The themes child labour and education will be the key elements. Just before the elections, the youth group will meet the political parties to present the manifest personally. What is his goal? His goal will be achieved when Karthik’s community treats children with respect and political parties take children’s rights seriously. How does Karthik work? Karthik will coordinate and execute the project himself. He expects that it will be a challenge to reach the political parties before the elections. The parties will of course be busy with their campaigns. Together with the other youth he wants to plan an appropriate strategy for this. What does Karthik need? Advice from KidsRights Information on projects like his. Who does he need? Motivated children and youth who want to work with him on the manifest. Volunteers A local Indian organisation that will help him.
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.
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