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Fatima

“Human rights is something that, whenever I hear it, I become so passionate because since I was young, my basic rights were taken away from me, and almost all my life I have been fighting to get those rights back.”

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Joanna

“I have made it and I am going to make it to the end. I realized I have a strong will power and I am not going to let it go and that is what is keeping me going, because I know the future holds something big for me.”

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Abed

“Let me eradicate that mentality of the people that people with disabilities can't make it in life.”

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Mulumba

“I constructed a kitchen garden at home, which will improve food security, provide a source of income, maintain household hygiene, and provide the makings of organic fertilizers. ”

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Amina

“At my home, there are many different religions but we don’t quarrel among ourselves, we find everyone respecting each other’s religion. ”

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Solomon

“I decided to build a science library in Ghana where there will be mentors, and there will be resources and there will be 3D printers for these young minds with great ideas to actually do something.”

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Goodman

“As young people, we need to organize ourselves and become active in political governance. The future of African politics depends on electing the most talented, ethical and committed public servants. Let us not discount the incredible passion African youth have for change, and let us engage in our political future.”

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Armanda

“We cannot think about development, especially in today’s world without science and technology. This is crucial for Africa.”

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Christopher

“I envision a world where there is love and unity among the people.”

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Rellika

“I have always wondered how technology could be used to empower and bring development to developing countries, especially in rural areas.”

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Retsepile

“Girls should be empowered to stand for what they want, and they should not be negatively impacted by people around them.”

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Faith

“I plan to setup a mental health program that will raise mental illness awareness in Kenya. Mental health is a great concern. While it still stands as an under-explored medical concern in Kenya, there are patients who turn up in the hospital depressed and non-verbal, yet they require care that is sadly limited to medication and some counselling.”

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Barikisu

“Where I come from most girls don’t go to school. They are being forced to go into early marriages.”

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Stefan

“In my first time in school I had 96 of 100 for a total average. The next one behind had 75. I saw that gap to be too huge. I didn’t think it to be a very good thing. So, I thought, 'Why don’t you bring people up?'”

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Tamara

“The future is with us because we are the transformative leaders that the [African] continent needs.”

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Dumisile

“We are trying to engage youth in a way that is fun and interactive so that they can start thinking about political ideas, start thinking about how democracy applies to them personally, and how to get engaged and actually start voting for policy changes that matter in their lives.”

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Christina

“I thought of a plan, a way to mobilize girls as one team; share, have fun with them, just to know that someone is supporting them, someone has gone through what they are going through. ”

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Miranda

“You might not see the math in your everyday life, but every day you see the things it creates. After all, the beauty of the universe is elegantly written in a mathematical language.”

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Sheila

“I envision a world where people would be able to afford three square meals a day because I come from a place where people struggle to get even a meal for a day.”

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Eddie

“I strongly believe that the youth should actively be engaged in the transformation of the [African] continent.”

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Vanessa

“I want to share knowledge with my students, who will spread it to their siblings and friends, so that at some point in time I’ll have the whole of Ghana in my classroom.”

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Pius

“I have that purpose and hope and dream that I am going to take these people behind me somewhere.”

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Patrick

“Imagine you’re in a [refugee/displacement] camp but you have no one to care for you. That was the most difficult situation I had.”

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Caroline

“At times when we were in secondary school, [my mom] would come to school with no shame and just talk to the principal, or talk to accountant and say, I am going to pay these school fees but I need these girls to be in school. And that for me is, I think it is the greatest gift that parents could give their children. ”

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Narmeen

“Because of [my family] I am willing to fight to reach my goal. I wish the same for our younger generations.”

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Betty

“I feel that at least, if I stand up and do something and use the media effectively, then someone somewhere out there can look at it [Uganda] and be inspired.”

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Constancia

“I think that we need to build a space where young women can own their voices and really be able to express themselves without being minimized just because I’m female or just because of my gender.”

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