Mwandja grew up in Congo, where he had to flee for the war. Since then Mwandja has been living in a refugee camp in Tanzania. He finished high school and for a long time he has been working a changemaking activities. He was a member of the child parliament, in order to raise awareness for children’s rights. They were hoping to change the behavior of people in his community, especially concerning child marriages and violence against children.
Next to that, Mwandja worked at the radio station of one of our Children’s Peace Prize winners Baruani. Read more about Baruani’s radio station here.
His dream is to become a large, successful changemaker, who is fighting for children’s rights and taking action against violence against children. He is hoping for a child friendly community, without discrimination, abuse, and violence. A community in which children’s rights are being respected.
What is the problem? In Mwandja’s community child marriage is a common issue. Girls are forced by their parents to get married early, and as result they are not able to finish their school and to continue studying. Girls have the same rights as boys and should therefore have similar changes to develop themselves.
Mwandja wants to spread knowledge about children’s rights, hoping it will, amongst other things, stop forced marriages of girls.
What is Mwandja’s solution?With a team of 25 other children Mwandja will give trainings for children about children’s rights. He wants to show them the effect child abuse and child marriages has on their environment. In the training Mwandja will mainly focus on the effects and risks of being pregnant as a kid or young teen, and the benefits of education. He will do this by discussions, theater, songs, and poems. The training will take place in the refugee camp.
During the training Mwandja will hand out flyers to the participants. In this way, they can show their family and friends where they went, and tell them more about children’s rights. If children know what their rights are, they are better able to stand up for themselves.
What is the goal? Mwandja’s goal is achieved when child abuse, mainly child marriages, in his community has ended.
How does Mwandja work? First, Mwandja will select 300 children that will participate in the training. 200 girls and 100 boys. After that, he will gather teaching- and hand out material and will make sure there is enough for everyone. He will lead a group of 25 children during this project.
Mwandja expects some of the people will have some trouble adapting their habits and the they look at children’s rights. Because of this there will also be parents that do not want to participate in the project, nor let their children participate.
Who does Mwandja need?The ensure the trainings will be successful he would like to get support from the leaders of villages, leaders of schools, teachers, and parents.
What does he need?