Mohamed - KidsRights
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“Let yourself be heard! Then you can really make a change.”

Mohamed (14)
Netherlands
Theme: Education
reading, volunteering and making a change.

Mohamed’s schools without stress

Mohamed lives in Schiedam and his hobbies are gaming and sports. He has not yet taken part in any changemaking activities, this will be his first time! He has taken part in several activities such as the Dutch Children and Youth Council.

It is Mohamed’s dream to change the current school system, so that children experience less work pressure, have more free time and be happier.

What is the problem? 
According to Mohamed, the current school system in the Netherlands is causing a lot of stress and depression among young people. Students are given too many tests and too much homework, whereby  they have to constantly perform well. In Finland, students are at school for a shorter period and have less homework, yet they perform very well and feel a lot better. Mohamed wonders why we do not adopt this school system in the Netherlands and that is why he is taking action.

What is Mohamed’s solution?
Mohamed wants to make use of a film to raise awareness for the current education system and shows how it can be done differently. He will conceptualize and record the film. He will also do research on school systems. The results of his research will be presented in the film. He hopes to show viewers what kind of stress and work pressure students are experiencing and how this can be changed.

What is the goal? 
The goal is to start a dialogue between young people, school boards, town councils, the government and principals. The ultimate goal is to change the school system.

How does Mohamed work? 
Mohamed will start by doing research on the different methods of teaching and then make an assessment. Besides this he will also do research on the current system and the innovative systems. Mohamed will contact experts whom he can interview and will also be the host of the show. The film will be distributed via social media, even though he thinks it will be a challenge to channel it to the right people.

Who does Mohamed need?  
·         Local experts whom he can interview, such as the school principal, teacher or the ‘Kinderombudsvrouw’( the Dutch children’s ombudsperson)
·         KidsRights for their help in setting up the project.
·         Friends who will help in filming
·         A camera crew

What does Mohamed need?  
·         Editing material
·         The network of KidsRights for the contact with experts and help with the distribution of the film
·         Tips on reaching the right people

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