One boy on a mission to help change lives
He fled violence in South Sudan, carrying with him just one piece of clothing. When he reached the refugee camp in Uganda, Jonathan* was finally safe. The next step was a better life.
But when COVID-19 hit and schools closed, life become hard again. His friends started working and stopped attending school. It was hard to see how school would ever be the same again.
“I feel bad when other children are not going to school. Because without education no one can get success. So, you find that if you do not go to school, it will be hard on your side. You will not understand, you will always be illiterate,” he says.
How to make a difference
Jonathan’s not the kind to give up on his friends. He joined Save the Children’s Child Rights Group in the camp and talks to his peers about how they can continue with their education.
“I had a friend, Peter. We are the same age. He dropped out of school to start work, to start tailoring here in the camp. It took two months for me to convince him about going back to school,” explains Jonathan.