Sibe was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2017. He lives in Gokana, Nigeria. In his community there is a lot of violence between different groups of people. This leads to injured children as well as a lot of fear by children. Sibe is a peace agent - he wants to promote peace and thus advocates against discrimination. With his project, Sibe wants to inspire other children and youth to also advocate for peace. He will train other children to become peace agents as well. He wants to make young people aware of their role in the promotion of peace and gender equality in their communities and how they can use the platform to raise awareness.
What is the problem?Sibe lives in Gokana, Nigeria. This town is home to a few groups that are constantly fighting with each other. They cause a lot of discrimination and violence in Sibe’s neighborhood. Children and adults get injured or even die. As a result, both children and adults live in fear, and are afraid to leave their houses.
The groups in Sibe’s neighborhood try to recruit children so they will join the group. Therefore, the groups continue to exist, just like discrimination and violence.
Sibe wants to end the discrimination and violence in his neighborhood and is taking action.
What is Sibe’s solution?Sibe wants to establish clubs for young people, that collectively fight for peace and against the groups in the neighborhood. Each club has a young leader, who convinces the children to not join any of the groups. First, these leaders have to follow a training, in which they learn how to inform and motivate their peers to take action. The leaders meet weekly to discuss the progress they make.
Next to that, Sibe wants to develop a program about gender equality and violence. This will teach children how to detect and understand the negative consequences of the groups’ actions.
The aim is that this will lead to a decrease in the amount of children that join any of the violent groups, and an increase in the amount of children that want to fight for peace and are aware of their rights.
What is the goal?Sibe’s goal is to take action for peace with as many children as possible. He wants to start with reaching and convincing 50 children below 13 years old.
How does Sibe work?Sibe’s hometown is divided into 17 communities. Eventually, he wants to reach all of them, but he is going to start with one. He will lead the project himself and will look for children that can help him. He would also like to work together with local organizations that can support his goal.
What does Sibe need?He needs teaching material such as informative picture (infographics) for the trainings and the program. Besides that, Sibe needs pens, paper and pencils.
Who does he need?