March 16, 2006

PROJECTS: PLAN International youth media

Fatimata Bolly is 14 years old. She lives in a village in the Sissale region of North Western Ghana.

In a country with a live expectancy of only 58 years, where 30,000 people die of the AIDS virus every year, Fatimata knows a thing or two about the need for change. In fact, being a child in this nation could be the most dangerous time of your life.

"We have child abuse, teenage pregnancy, denying the child?s rights, child exploitation and child trafficking." Says Fatimata, "I want to help these problems."

She hopes to one day train as a doctor and prays her family can afford the tuition fees for her four siblings and herself.

Fatimata has been a member of Plan's youth media group "Watz up - Lets talk right of children' for one year. She says she never thought she'd be travelling to Australia at 14, but wants to spread the word when she gets home.

"We have over 1,800 children in our club it was such a coincidence that I was chosen by my chaperone." She says.
Chris Schuepp
Young People's Media Network - Coordinator
Youth Media Consulting GbR
c/o ECMC (European Centre for Media Competence)
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