The 4th edition of the International Advocacy Campaign "10 Days of Activism"

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

ERIC MUSA LAMPI MULENGA


Name : ERIC MUSA LAMPI MULENGA
Age : 24
Country : Algeria

Organisation :
AIDS ALGERIE


Born ERIC MUSA LAMPI MULENGA in Zambia  in a family of five to two loving parents. I am currently studying medicine in Algeria.

My passion for public service has been there for many years and I have taken part in  many activities.

My being a medical student  brought me in contact with a lot  of  sick people suffering at times from fatal diseases. And one  disease that has particularly captured my attention is the AIDS pandemic.  All this and the many ills facing society has drawn me to want to do more, to want do something about the problems facing the world today.

Moved by this need to actively participate in making the world a better place, I could no longer wait, I decided to volunteer with an NGO(AIDS ALGERIE) that helps PLHIV,HIV prevention etc,, and once I became a member I was elated to find other capable youths doing their part to make the world a better place.

Now that  I had the platform other than my medical experience to bring about positive change  in regards to the fight against HIV, the next challenge was to see how this could be done. So with the help of a team of highly capable youths I began to actively advocate for religious leaders to take part in the fight against Aids. We began organizing workshops were dialogue and exchange between religious leaders and youths could take place. The main subject of discussions in these workshops included comprehensive sexuality education. And this mainly due to the fact that main health, social and economic challenge facing the world is a result of untimely deaths from AiDS whose main transmission risk is unprotected sex. And we also felt that getting religious leaders to talk openly about AIDS would greatly remove the taboo tag and shame associated to it by society and would as a result help fight the ignorance surrounding AIDS risk transmission and prevention. And what’s more everyone began getting involved.

This level of awareness and response we got from  different sectors of society as result of these efforts gave amazing  results.   Religious leaders and youths are speaking the same language  regarding  sex education and right sex practices. The perception of sex  as a taboo in our society is fast losing its ground and now youths have access to the right  knowledge  regarding sex practices. One other and equally important  positive that is still being harvested from these efforts is  that the involvement of youth in the fight against Aids  keeps on rising, youths feel part of the solution and are going out encouraging other youths to take part and take the lead in the HIV fight.

With the firm belief that together we can together we must eliminate AIDS , I together with a team of other highly capable youths I continue to do what I can to make the world a better place, a world free from HIV.

Young bloggers articles shared on Amplify



Under the theme “Nothing for Us Without Us,” Y-PEER has started the 3rd annual “10 Days of Activisim” Campaign from September 1-10, 2012. "10 Days of Activism" is being conducted in partnership with Advocates for Youth and other organizations and individuals from around the globe working with young people.

Our goal
 is to bring together the voices of many young people from 42 countries, united in their demands for our sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

Through this joint international campaign, we not only reach the stakeholders’ (government, academe, churches and religious institutions, etc.) attention - but we also inspire more young activists to be part of our global movement.

To ensure success and greater reach, we are having the amazing support from enthusiastic young bloggers who want to share stories of what is happening in their community! 

Thus in collaboration with our amazing  partner Advocates for Youth and their project called Amplify which is designed as an online community dedicated to sexual healthreproductive justice, and youth-led grass roots movement building, our young bloggers could share their articles, thoughts and feelings with the world on the following topics: 

  • Meaningful Youth participation, 
  • Comprehensive Sexuality education, 
  • Youth Friendly Health Services

How? Where? 

via Amplify's web site

P.S  you can also email your blog to 10daysofactivism@gmail.com and we'll take care of posting it for you!

We can't wait to check out your contribution any time between now and September 10, 2012.

Languages?

You can write in any language you feel comfortable with. However please make sure to respect these principles while writing your blog, which include:

- Respect and support human rights
- Show cultural sensitivity
- Respect diversity
- Support gender equality and equity
- Not imposing values on others
- Ensure information is correct and unbiased

Let’s Multiply!

If you know other passionate bloggers, please share this article with them.

We're look forward to have your support by following the blog posts, sharing and commenting. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact the 10 Days of Activism Coordinators.

JANA FOUAD BOU RESLAN


Name : JANA FOUAD BOU RESLAN
Age : 29
Country : Lebanon


I used to see my own teachers as heroes of their time; full of information and transmitters of the preciously valuable: Knowledge. My perception of learning as a 10 and 11 years old pre-adolescent was that teachers “always” know better and they’d rather decide what and how to teach me. “Curriculum was fixed. And so was discipline. And it’s the job of the student to learn and grasp accordingly; without any modifications.” I’d tell myself. In class discussions for instance, I fully accepted and embraced that there are certain things I should learn to discuss. But what about those things that “matter a lot” to me, and still nobody would want to talk about? What about emotions, friendship, group dating, bodily changes, human development and puberty?

This rigidity of thought was reflected in several expectations I set for myself as a child too. I would see my own childhood as the time where I was supposed to widen my memory by practicing (especially through History, Geography, and Civics) and absorption of culture, discipline and knowledge was a standard and a value so internalized that I would function in school and at home accordingly. Receiving my report card at the end of each month was essentially a time of competition, pride, and of course habitual state of fear. I would wait for announcing I was among top 3 students with a lot of eagerness; with the special Congratulations card clipped to my report card as well. That was when pride and a sense of achievement would arise. My rank mattered a lot at the end of each month! It was put highlights and definitions to how I see myself for the coming next month. Such competitiveness was accepted and embraced by all my classmates too. But what about the rich internal lives my friends and I had? Who would want to delve into that and put off the fire of our fears, questions, and dilemmas? Who can blow away our confusion about sex and sexuality, norms, and abnormalities, hygiene and health? Why can’t those teachers, whom we used to see as great people, open issues that constantly dwell our minds?

What’s funny is that when I came to see myself as Jana, the teacher now rather than the student, a total shift in paradigm and perspective changed. I noticed that different patterns and parts of my brain were hard-wired now to give colorful images of teaching as I majored in education. Here, my students suddenly became the heroes and heroines instead! I started thinking of myself as a facilitator and a moderator of different learning experiences such as discussions, concepts, principles, and creativity would rule instead of the rigid word of knowledge. Suddenly, the hierarchy flattened, and Jana- the student- who once saw her teacher on top the pyramid transmitting culture and knowledge to us as students- became the teacher who’s a friend of her student; someone who would listen to students in times of conflict resolution and would ask to see a student after class in an attempt to allow room for self-expressions, where emotions would be released. Even family problems would take form and get channeled outside of the student’s mind (creating awareness of their emotional state, mental health, balance, awareness of problem-solving techniques …The list becomes endless, especially after topics that “really matter to students’ well-being were addressed”.
Nothing was more gratifying than the looks these kids gave me... the looks that told me stories of themselves and that they saw in me more than a teacher, but a person that would appeal for their need. I felt I changed something deep inside. And I even became more certain when they verbalized their feelings years later. Rami once said, “It’s also more than your efforts. It is who you are. Just by the mere fact of your presence made a totally different impact for us and for the school... by being you".

Obviously, the students were my focal point and reference of attention, and his/her social, emotional, physical, and psychological well-being suddenly mattered and a lot. Notions such as “making a difference” and “Teachers touch tomorrow” emerged into a surface of professional development at AMS (the school I studies and taught in later) and choosing a career whose essence is “service of humanity”. Let’s reconsider this shift in perception from a student enrolled in a highly Academic Scholar curriculum to the teacher who majored in Education out of love of teaching and who actually cares to creates fun experiences for students while learning in an attempt to stretch their competencies; challenging their skills to maximize their potentials into becoming fully active members in society and catalysts of change.

By the virtue of skilful, open, and reflective teachers at Al-manar Modern School (AMS) in Ras el Matn, for whom I’ve been setting organized Continuous Professional development sessions and workshops, I now envision AMS students with “adults who know how to handle their questions, joys, concerns, and fears in a much better way than just “having the knowledge”. It’s what you do with that knowledge that creates meaning for kids. So being knowledgeable is not the mere end by itself. Facilitating real-life experiences for learners is way more important. It is so rewarding on a personal level to see the school I went to now being so highly-developed to meet the challenges of the 21st century in all dimensions- most importantly where the child’s needs are at the center of the curriculum.

Teachers touch tomorrow? No. They, touch children’s hearts and minds…in one magical way that shapes their “tomorrows”! What other profession is nobler than that of adults whose main concern is to learn better ways to promote relief and ease, growth, and well-being for the “whole individual” that the student is, while optimizing the potentials of those learners? 


Y-PEER Ambassadors from Philippines support 10 Days of Activism!


1st September - 10 Days of Activism Campaign started! 

Check below the messages of Princess Manzon and Tom Rodriguez, Y-PEER Ambassadors from Philippines - a source of encouragement and inspiration for all the young people in the world! 

As you can see in our 10DoA official calendar, lots of activities are happening right now in many countries so stay tuned for more details, stories, photos and videos :) 






ANMAR KHALID ABD ALI


Name : ANMAR KHALID ABD ALI
Age : 22
Country : Iraq

Organisation :
Y-PEER network in Iraq and the Association " Together To Protect Human & the Environment association "


“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Mary Kay Ash once said, and this is how my story begins.

For a time not so long ago, I always had a feeling of loss of self-confidence, always hesitant to take the initiative or to tell my opinion in public on a particular issue or problem concerning youth. 

Thus, very quickly, this fear turned into courage and energy coated with a revolutionary information and life skills in general.

All of this came after getting engaged into the development field generally and the interesting work of the Peer Education Network “with Youth & from Youth” more specifically.

So I can’t deny that this led to a big change in my lifestyle as well as my behavior.I admit that this creative initiative launched by the United Nations Fund for Population helped me a lot changing my personality, trough passing a series of significant exercises and workshops, aimed for numbers of Peer Educators and trainers. And what is great there is that those topics are very interesting & meaningful to the Youth, such as life skills and reproductive health, with many highlighting issues in our communities like violence against woman, sexual harassment, addiction, AIDS or HIV... In addition to raising awareness and educate youth on dealing with emotions, specifically anger and frustration.

After having all of this, it comes my turn to be a trainer in my country Iraq.I kept working on passing the message to peers, through making many workshops about all the themes mentioned above, because I felt that I am able to pass the information learnt by heart perfectly to peers youth, and I think that the most important thing in this work is credibility that is automatically gained between youth generally. My work was always related to the manuals I got from the workshops of Peer Trainers, like “From Youth to Youth” and many others.I think that continuity in this work and in the implementation of such workshops with modern techniques are the key to success. Indeed, they have an impressive role in developing innovative ideas and in the smooth transfer of information creatively, under the banner of “From creativity to another” and certainly the ultimate goal of the participatory training is to strengthen team spirit and team work considering that every person is important, we do believe that “Our Creativity is in Our Unit”.

My wish is to involve youth in the leadership so they can have a real voice & share adults making decision as well, and this according to Human Rights Standards and legislations set by the Constitutions of the State in addition to the International Conventions and treaties of Human Rights.

We all believe that Youth are the basic stone for the construction of each community, so the way to success for Nations seeking development and progress, so they should refer to the youth and their dependence as an essential and effective way to the empowerment and development process in all countries and for all fields, and so that achieving the Millennium Goals of the United Nations program for Youth. Finally, this leads us to talk about the importance of young people because we desperately need to move to a new phase, with a first and a most important step, which is building Human before building stones!

Check out the planned activities from 42 countries

Display the full Calendar of 10DoA : https://www.google.com/calendar/render

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