I’m Rita Tolo, from Monrovia, Liberia.
My dream is to become a medical nurse.
Across Africa, young people feel marginalised, left out, and convinced that their concerns about social and economic exclusion aren’t taken seriously by state actors. Facing this challenge, some youths, particularly those in conflict and post-conflict countries, have turned to crimes, prostitution and self-radicalization as an alternative means of survival.
Education may not prevent a group or an individual from carrying out violence, but it could help create an environment that makes it difficult for extreme ideologies and violent acts to thrive. The Center for Peace and Violence Prevention do not seek to intercept violent extremists nor do we identify potential perpetrators of violence. On the contrary, we teach each child to embrace a culture of peace and respect for human dignity-such that slums, villages and educational centers do not become breeding grounds for groups seeking children for their armies.
So far, we have provided primary, secondary and university education to 650 youth and children in Liberia, Mali, and Nigeria. Our goal is to increase the figure to 10,000 by 2025.
The One Child, One School Bag Program is designed to provide underprivileged children with school bags and stationeries materials in remote communities. So far, we have reached 3,600 children in villages and slums across three countries. We hope to increase this number to 10,000 by the end of 2020. Send a bag or a pencil to a child and make his or her educational dream a reality.