How Peter Went Back to Learning
How Nadira Overcame Bullying and Found Her Voice
Growing up in a refugee camp, Nadira faced many of the common challenges those experiencing displacement, including including skyrocketing inflation and rolling blackouts caused by electricity shortages. But through a partner-program with Right To Play, she began to trust people and feel safe, which allowed her to focus on her studies.
Brighter than Gold: Balla’s Story
Balla, 12, worked in Mali's most dangerous gold mines. Today, she is back in class, excelling in mathematics and French, and wants to go to medical school. This is her journey.
How Redempta Helps Students Feel Safe at School
Physical punishment has been a long-standing practice in Rwanda—and in Redempta’s school. Her students were more afraid of being hit than interested in learning. Redempta experienced physical discipline when she was a student too—and set out to reverse the harmful norm. Thanks to training from Right To Play, she’s stopped using corporal punishment and keeps students engaged and learning through play.
Determined to Learn: Mamerte's Story
Mamerte refuses to listen to the people who tell her that she doesn’t belong in school. Now, she’s also encouraging other children to claim their right to education. My Education, My Future, is a program that aims to improve access to and the quality of education for primary school-aged children, especially girls, affected by the Burundian refugee crisis.
Allyson Felix inspired by girls in Mozambique
In June 2023, Olympic gold medalist and Right To Play Ambassador Allyson Felix returned to Mozambique to see the impact of Right To Play programs that support girls’ access to quality education and reproductive health resources. A highlight of the trip was spending time at a local primary school, where Allyson shared her story with teenage girls and joined games that teach children to claim their rights.
MAKING HISTORY: DZIDZORNU’S STORY
Dzidzornu made history this year by becoming her school's first female head prefect. In Ghana, head prefects play an important role in the school; they represent the student body with school management, and they act as a leader for their fellow students. Head prefects are almost always boys. But 18-year-old Dzidzornu defied the odds by running for the position and winning!
How Seenaa & Sabboontu are Destigmatizing Menstruation
Many girls like Seenaa and Sabboontu are forced to miss school during their periods because of stigma associated with menstruation and a lack of access to the products they need. Seenaa and Sabboontu joined a Girls’ Club at their school in Ethiopia where they sew reusable menstrual pads and talk openly about reproductive health with other girls and boys.
Helping Children Cope After the Flood: Mehboob's Story
In September 2022, more than 33 million people were affected by floods in Pakistan. More than 1,700 people lost their lives, including more than 400 children. Mehboob, a 22-year-old Right To Play-trained coach, reflects on his experiences as a volunteer and his role in bringing back lost smiles on the faces of children affected by the floods.
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