"Educating a child is to teach the whole community. A trained child means a more developed society"
Name
Thandiwe
Country of origin
Zambia
Current country
Zambia
Age
27
Theme
Education
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. 

Welcome to the KidsRights Changemakers Movement!

Do you want to make a difference in children’s rights? Everyone can be a changemaker. Watch the video to find out more. Would you like to sign up as a changemaker? Or would you like to check out the platform first?

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