Reece is an amazing changemaker from South Africa. He brings together education and sustainability in his EKO project. He collected recyclable materials such as bottle tops and plastic containers from his area to create age appropriate educational tools to distribute to Early Childhood Development Centers in disadvantaged areas. This project encourages communities to live sustainably while helping to uplift their children developmentally and educationally.
We talked with Reece about his changemking experience. Here’s what he had to say:
How did you find out about our Changemakers Program?“I joined the Chaeli Campaign ambassadors in 2014 and have been a mentor in the program for 4 years. Chaeli won the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011, and that is how I learnt about KidsRights! I was inspired to start my own project after joining the ambassador’s program, and I knew that the Changemakers Program would help me to start my project and provide a platform for me to connect with other incredible youth changemakers.”
What inspires you to be a changemaker?“I am inspired by other young changemakers. This helps me realize that everyone is able to be a changemaker, and I have no excuse not to use my resources to make a difference. Plus, I love my work and have fun doing it!”
What challenges did you encounter during your changemaking activities?“My biggest challenge was self-motivation. I knew what difference I wanted to make and what kind of changemaker I wanted to be, but I had no idea how to get there or what to do. I felt as if I would have no success at my project, but with the help of KidsRights and other amazing mentors, I was able to start my project with small steps and be successful!”
What is your biggest dream?“My biggest dream is to see children all around the world safe and in school. This is a big dream, but I know how much education has done for me, and I don’t see why any other child does not deserve one too. Once we are all safe and educated, we will be able to truly appreciate the beauty of humanity and the Earth we live on”
What advice would you give to other children that want to become changemakers?“Everyone is able to make a difference. Make sure that you are passionate about your work and the change you want to see. It is easy to dream about the change you would like to make, but it is harder to make that a reality. Make sure to start small and be kind to yourself when you make mistakes!”