Since 2005 Luc and his parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters live in Tanzania. Before that, they lived in the Congo but had to flee that country due to the war that was raging there.
Luc is one of the founders of a Youth Advocacy Team at his school. Its goals are fighting sexual violence, promote education for girls and reduce inequality between boys and girls.
By now, Luc has finished school with a degree in Business Management but the group is still active.
Luc’s dream is a community where children’s rights will be respected and protected. Where girls and boys have equal opportunity and everyone can go to school. A community where children have a voice and people listen to them.
What is the problem?Luc has seen how parents often use violence while raising their children. Every family is different of course, but in many cases, children receive severe punishment when they misbehave. They are hit, cursed at, or taken from school and put to work.
Luc thinks these punishments are too severe and has decided to take action.
Wat is Luc’s solution?Luc will hold training sessions and group discussions with parents, teachers, local leaders and children present. He wants to make them aware of children’s rights and promote a more constructive way of raising children with reasonable punishment.
During the training, parents will be taught nonviolent ways to correct children when they misbehave.
The topic of the group discussions will be the behavior of children and youths. The participants will discuss behavior that can be improved and constructive ways to improve it.
Luc will also support children who receive very severe punishments. He will be aided by an already established program in this endeavor.
What is the goal?The goal is to end corporal punishment. He also wants participants to acknowledge and respect children’s rights and for parents to change their perspective on the development of their children.
How does Luc work?Luc will plan, organize and lead the group discussion and training. He wants to involve as many young people from his community as possible in his project but foresees problems. Raising the money and finding teaching material will also be a challenge.
What does Luc need?Luc needs teaching material and a location to hold the training and workshop.
Who does he need?The students from the Youth Advocacy Team will help Luc execute his project. Read more about the youth team Luc is a member of. Luc would also like to receive help from local organizations concerned with children’s rights and wants to find other changemakers through KidsRights. He hopes they can learn from each other.