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

Environment
Without Borders
Without Borders is KidsRights’ project partner in Sri Lanka. Without Borders started in 2014, as a group of young volunteers that wanted to teach English to children and adults.
Violence
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.
Education
Paul’s fight for appropriate eduction
What is the problem? According to Paul education in Zambia is not how it should be, the lessons should be more child friendly. It does not entirely contribute to the children’s development, because it is not focussed on the children’s future. For example, they should be taught about leadership and how to solve problems. That way children will develop into responsible adults who little by little can create a better Africa. What is Paul’s solution? Paul would like to change the curriculum by reaching the Ministry of Education with a march of youth. When the ministry sees the amount of youth protesting for better education, they may be more likely to change it. Prior to the march he would like to create clubs of around 15 youth. Within these clubs they will discuss the education system. This way Paul will gain a better idea what the needs are. These clubs will make other youth enthusiastic about joining the march. Paul hope in excess of 300 youth will join the protest. What is his goal? Paul’s goal is to see change in the curriculum, for it to be more tailored to children’s needs. How does Paul work? Paul will make sure everything goes according to the plan. Prior to the protest he will contact the police, locale politicians and the red cross for them to support him with the march. He hopes to speak to the ministry himself, however this may be challenging. Who does Paul need? Students who would like to join his club. Other students willing to join the march. What does Paul need? Ideas of other changemakers around the world for inspiration Tips of Children’s Peace Prize winner Thandiwe, who has experience with championing education in Zambia.
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