Elijah has been organizing village clubs in four villages and government schools in communities. Elijah comes from a poor family. He has witnessed children’s rights violations in his village, such as being married at 12 years old or subjected to gender-based violence. He learned about children’s rights at one of the meetings in the urban area. As a result, he formed clubs in schools and villages. He has influenced religious leaders and the local government to take positive action. With the help of PLAN international and Sport in Action he has educated children to create self-awareness in order to protect themselves from indulging in bad vices. The community and village clubs he has established run a number of activities at each site in order to educate people, such as organized tournaments or debates and quizzes on children’s rights, HIV/AIDS and STI, hygiene and alcohol and substance abuse effects. Many children between the age of 6 and 14 who did not have the chance to attend school are now attending after he sensitized them about their right to education.
Nominated by Community Development for the Child SocietyAll 2019 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees