Mwandja wants to fight child marriage in his surroundings. Read more about Mwandja’s project here.
What has Mwandja done? In the entire month of June, Mwandja trained children in the refugee camp where he lives. The trainings were mainly about child marriage and how that influences the lives of young girls; for example as a result of child marriage girls stop going to school and become pregnant at an early age. Besides that, Mwandja thought that it is important that young participants should know more about their rights.
Each training lasted two and a half hours and included, amongst other topics, a group discussion about child marriage and activities to share one’s opinion or experience, to focus attention on the problems that children face.
How did it go? All young participants took part actively in the trainings and made a comprehensive action plan to spread their message in their surrounding. In the beginning of the trainings it was difficult for the children and young people to talk about relationships and sex, but after some activities it became better and they could talk openly about the subject.
Mwandja is planning to give these trainings more often. He wants to make sure that he has enough brochures and can find a free location.
In which way has Mwandja made an impact? Mwandja has made an impact by letting 200 girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 17 years take part in his trainings. A number of children were not allowed to attend by their parents, who did not agree with the discussions on the negative effects of child marriage. This is proof that there is still a lot of work to be done in this matter.
“Education is the only power to self emancipation.” - Mwandja