Victoria - KidsRights
“If you’re passionate about helping others, you will find a way to make it happen.”
Name

Victoria

Country of origin
Colombia
Current country
Colombia
Age
17
Theme:
Loves: Playing Tennis

Victoria likes to help others. This is why she’s teaching English classes to children in need of English tutoring. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis. 

She hopes for a future where all children have equal opportunity, regardless of for example their origin, gender or religion. That everyone gets what he or she deserves, by taking action and showing the world how important education is for the development of children.

Highlights

Education
Kingsley’s meetings
What is the problem? Kingsley has seen how hard it is for many children in his environment to voice their opinion. Their parents tell them how to act and what to think. These children cannot even choose their own friends or hobbies. This harms their development and prevents them from finding their own voice. Kingsley believes that children should have control over their own lives and should have a say in matters that concern them! What is Kingsley’s solution? Kingsley wants children to understand that they are allowed to make their own decisions and fight for their own rights. They have their rights and they have a voice. Kingsley wants to teach these values at meetings held at his school. These meetings will be attended by teachers who will support Kingsley by explaining about children’s rights. At the first meeting, the children will learn how to make decisions and how to acquire presentation skills. The goal of the second meeting is to make the children aware that they have the right to have and express their own opinion. The final meeting will be a debate. The children will have an exchange with the adults. This will give them the courage to stand up for themselves in the future. What is his goal? The debate will be a good opportunity for Kingsley to evaluate the results of his meetings. Will the children be able to communicate their position? Do they dare to express themselves to the adults? One day, Kingsley hopes to found an organization that will help children become independent. All children should know what their rights are and how to safeguard them! How does Kingsley work?  Kingsley will organize the three meetings himself. Who does Kingsley need?   Participating students and teachers who can attend the meetings. What does he need? Space at his school to hold the meetings Teaching material on children’s rights
Environment
Kids4SDGs
What is the problem?  Maxwell notices that few people around him know what the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are. The SDGs have been drawn up by the United Nations with the aim to bring an end to poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The SDGs are meant to make the world nicer, fairer and cleaner. In Maxwell’s community, education is qualitatively poor and little attention is being paid to the environment. He wants to do something about this and therefore he is taking action. What is Maxwell’s solution? With his project Kids4SDGs, Maxwell wants to focus on the improvement of knowledge about the SDGs among children between the age of 6 and 19 years old. He is aiming at education and environment. In this way he wants to motivate children to take action on these two themes. Maxwell will start with giving weekly information sessions about SDGs (aimed at environment and education) at two schools in his neighbourhood. He will, amongst other subjects, talk about how one can become a changemaker and how important it is to stand up for your own community. During these sessions the students will also learn writing and presentation skills. After that they will plant trees with the participants to make the world a greener place. At the same time a social media campaign will be launched to send his message to a wider audience. What is the goal?  The aim is to encourage children to become changemakers for the two SDG themes: education and environment or other themes which the children are interested in.  “ The world is ours, if we don’t do everything in our power to make it a better place, we would have failed not only ourselves but future generations as well.” – Maxwell How will Maxwell work?  Maxwell will arrange with two schools where the weekly information sessions can take place. He will draw up the content of the information sessions and he will make sure that this will be carried out correctly by his team. He will also be in charge of the social media campaign. W ho does Maxwell need?   ·       Maxwell is working with two different organizations. Colleagues from both organizations will help him with his project. ·       His 20 young volunteers who are helping by giving the information sessions. ·       KidsRights to connect him with other changemakers globally. What does Maxwell need?   ·       Ideas, successes and challenges from other changemakers.
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