There are half a billion children in Africa today, and the number is increasing rapidly. This means young people like you will shape how the future looks in your community, your country, even across your continent over the coming decades. More than ever before, your voice needs to be heard when in key areas like health, education, and access to water. You need to start making some noise to ensure that my rights are realised.
Your community needs you to become a doer. To be part of fixing nagging problems. Whether you have loads of ideas or are still struggling to find a cause, here are some tips to help you start changing your world for the better.
Here are three tips to help you find your cause:
- Pick an issue close to your heart: being emotionally invested in a cause will definitely help keep you motivated so pick something that is important to you.
- Don't try to do too much: decide on a few priorities and keep your actions really focused. This is the best way to be effective. You might have a general interest in children, but that's too broad. Instead, concentrate on something specific like child labour or education. If you're keen to tackle health issues, think about the main problems in your community. Is it HIV/AIDS? Women's health?
- Be even more specific: once you've identified the issue you are interested in, narrow it down even further! Here are some great examples:
Education: What about discrimination against girls in education?
Homelessness: What about children living on city streets?
Child labour: What about children working long hours in your community?
Right to play: What about children not having a space to play sport?
Emergencies: What about children needing special support and care during a crisis?
Now it's your turn. Go and change the world.