acet UK

Raising champions to protect children: Africa & UK

We will equip 450 champions - youth workers, parents, teachers, peer educators & church leaders - to deliver transformative relationships & sex education (RSE) and vocational skills training. This will result in positive health outcomes for 42,000 children & youth in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the UK

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (299293)

Check mark Match funded

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


Multiple locations

  • I enjoyed my Esteem session - it was well explained and the educators listened to what I had to say and answered my questions. The sessions have changed the way that I think about relationships and sex because I am now more clued up, which means that I know how I would approach certain situations.

    — Joseph, 15 years old, London

  • I dropped out of school as we had no money. Life was difficult - I became a sex worker. But, I found out about the Shining Star Project. I did vocational training there and I am now back at school doing beauty therapy. The Shining Star Project took me out of the darkness and brought me to light.

    — Fadzai, 18 years old, former sex worker in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

  • Before I came to the club I didn’t understand HIV and how it spreads. I thought if you have sex for the first time you can’t get HIV. My favourite thing about coming is talking about relationships & health. Through this project I learnt I am unique in my own way and I can now make good decisions.

    — Ayo, 15 years old, Anyigba, Nigeria


Alarming numbers of children in Africa & the UK are exposed to multiple threats to their wellbeing. Porn, sexual exploitation & social media pressures result in devastating harm to their emotional, relational & sexual health. Zimbabwean girls are turning to sex work and 1/3 of new HIV infections are among youth. 19% of Nigerian children experience sex before 15, & child marriage is rife. In the UK 9/10 boys & 6/10 girls are exposed to porn and 1 in 7 teens are subject to online sexual advances


We will mobilise & equip champions to provide children & youth with effective RSE & life skills training that will help them to stay safe as they navigate growing up in our highly sexualised world. Our champions aim to reach the most vulnerable children in the UK & Africa including young girls in sex work, orphans, children impacted by HIV, excluded children, & young prisoners with interactive sessions that will encourage critical thinking & empower them to make informed & considered decisions