Kim and Hassan, from Murehwa, Zimbabwe, are WCP Child Rights Ambassadors. They have taught lots of children and adults about children’s rights, equal rights for girls and the Global Goals. This is their story, on video and in word and pictures!
“I wake up at four o’clock and I fetch water before I light the fire. Then I sweep up and wash the dishes. We have porridge for breakfast and sometimes we put a little peanut butter into it.
“At five I start my walk to school. I am alone in the beginning and I am afraid when meeting strangers. Other girls have been raped on their way to school. But after a while, some friends join the walk and then I feel safe.
“I arrive at school after walking for one and a half hours. Before we were punished with a whip on the inside of our hands if we were late, but now the punishment is to pick litter.
“It was not until grade 5 that I learnt that girls and boys have the same rights. I read The Globe and this is how I learnt
it. Often we have no light at home when it gets
dark, but when we have kerosene I can do my homework and
read The Globe in the evening.”
Who is Hassan?
“I live together with my two older sisters. When I had my WCP Child Rights Ambassador training I learnt about girls’ equal rights. It is a violation of a girl’s rights to force her into child marriage, to make her do all the chores at home, to stop her going to school or not to listen to her opinions. Many parents value their sons more, and even when us boys are little we are allowed to tell our big sisters what to do. This is so wrong!
“Because girls’ rights have always been violated and boys’ rights always protected, I decided to be a Child Rights Ambassador who fights for girls’ rights. I always tell other boys that they must not violate girls’ rights.”
Fifty children at Hurungwe Primary School were trained and received the World’s Children’s Prize Child Rights Ambassador diploma, so far.
“We meet under a tree at school every week. We learn more together about our rights and the global goals and discuss how to reach as many children as possible”, says Kim.
“We read The Globe together and the stories teach us a lot.” Kim
“Our mission as Child Rights Ambassadors includes educating other children so that they learn more about their rights and the environment. We also usually tell them to teach their parents and neighbours about our rights.” Kim
“Sometimes our internet works and then we can see the WCP website, but we can’t work with it.”
Informing and empowering girls!
The ambassadors often meet with girls who have been forced into child marriage or experienced other violations of their rights.
“I teach them about their rights and try to empower them. Their lives are often very sad and not easy to change”, says Kim.
> Meet Rutendo, who was married off at twelve, and who was helped. by Kim.
The Global Vote
“The Global Vote is us children’s
own vote for the rights of the child. At the same time, we learn about how democracy works. We know our rights and responsibilities when we then come to vote in other elections. Once we have learned about the Child Rights Heroes in The Globe,
we organize our own Global Vote. We prepare the ballots, make the ballot booth and ballot box”, explains Hassan.
How we do the Global Vote!
One group makes the voting signs and decorations.
Another group makes the ballot box.
A third group prepares to set up walls made of maize stalks to make a voting booth.
Everyone is checked off the election register and given a ballot paper before it’s time for the secret ballot in the voting booth.
Once their votes for the Child Rights Hero and children’s rights have been put in the ballot box, one of their nails is coloured with a marker pen to prevent cheating.
“As Child Rights Ambassadors we tell the traditional leaders about our thoughts and facts about children’s rights and the environment. I am always a bit nervous about doing that, as we have great respect for them. We know that with their help we can achieve much more as changemakers for girls’ equal rights and the environment”, says Hassan.
“Kimberly and I are here to share with you our knowledge about children’s rights, climate change, girls’ rights and the Global Goals. Zimbabwe signed up to the Global Goals with the other countries of the world so that our country will get better. Do you know that girls and boys have equal rights? Girls should get to complete their education just as boys do. We as Child Rights Ambassadors say: Let us stop child marriage, because if you marry off a child, that is a crime!”
Round the Globe Run for a Better World
During the final of The Round the Globe Run for a Better World, children
in your community and around the world present their demands for change, form a human chain and walk or run 3 km.
“Good morning to you all”, says Hassan. “Today we welcome you to the Round the Globe Run for a Better World, where we join children from around the world. Today we will be talking about the Global Goals.”
“It was nice to know that we were joining many children in many countries, all showing our support at the same time for the Global Goals. We must all get involved in changing our countries and we must change a lot, both in Zimbabwe and around the world.”
“Child Rights Ambassadors from Hurungwe Primary School in Murehwa took part in the Round the Globe Run for a Better World.” That’s how the news item began that was shown eight times on ZBC News, where Kim said: “We say to adults that girls and boys should be treated the same, and we have equal rights.” In the news item it was also said that: “The Child Rights Ambassadors say climate change is the biggest threat to children’s rights in the world.”
No Litter Generation
On No Litter Day, children show that they belong to the No Litter Generation by cleaning up their communities, and by sharing knowledge about the environment and the need to fight climate change.
Hassan says: “We gather on No Litter Day to speak of the need for a No Litter Generation. Let us begin to be changemakers
by throwing litter in the bin. The No Litter Generation also teaches
us about climate change and that we all have to be part of action to change this. For us in Zimbabwe, this is very important, as otherwise both drought and floods will increase here.”
Hassan gets the day started.
Kim and Hassan weigh the litter they have collected.
Before I fall asleep, I often think about my future. I would like to be a judge so that I can decide in cases where children have been abused and had their rights violated.” Hassan