Divina was a finalist of the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2016. She lives in Cameroon, where terrorist groups such as Boko Haram are active and recruit children to join their fight. With the help of KidsRights, Divina has developed a successful cartoon character for her fight against extremism and violence. Now, she wants to develop this initiative by offering workshops to members of youth clubs and to other children in the community. Another thing she has planned is to print her cartoons on t-shirts. With that she wants to make sure that many young people will spread the message of peace outside the workshops, and to reach people who can't read.
What’s the problem?Divina is worried by the rise of violent extremism within her country. Violent extremist groups have destroyed a great number of lives. They have also devastated farmlands, which caused famine in the society, as well as demolished schools, causing the interruption of education for a lot of children. Divina noticed that more and more children are getting involved in these armed groups and are recruited as child soldiers.
She wants to do something against it and decided to take action.
What is Divina’s solution?Divina wants to end the recruiting of children in extremist armed groups. Her plan is to achieve this by raising awareness in children of what participation within these groups means for them, and what the consequences are.
Divina will organize two workshops that will focus on two important rights: the right to education and the right to security. In this way she will create awareness about combating violence, extremist groups and its consequences. She also printed cartoons on t-shirts to strengthen her message. The participants can keep the t-shirts, in order to spread the message in their surroundings. Divina designed this cartoon during an earlier project.
What is Divina’s goal?Divina’s goal is to discourage children to become members in terrorist groups. She wishes to influence children, that perhaps are already part of these armed groups, to leave them. Also, she hopes that children living in communities that encourage children to become soldiers will stand up for the cause and reject that culture. As a consequence, she wishes to see the rate of violent extremism decrease, and see more children engaged in peace building processes.
How does Divina work?Divina will work together with Children for Peace, a group created by herself which is fighting against violence. She is also looking for collaborations with other youth organizations. Divinia will use surveys to measure the impact of her project. She will also try to distribute as many photos and videos of the workshop and cartoon as possible, to reach even more people.
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