Archive | January, 2009

A second chance at education for children in Eritrea

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1630/Pirozzi</br>Students listen to a lecture in a life-skills class in Keren Junior School in the city of Keren, Anseba Region

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1630/PirozziStudents listen to a lecture in a life-skills class in Keren Junior School in the city of Keren, Anseba Region

By Miriam Mareso

Halima, a shy 11-year-old, is among the first groups of children who have been enrolled in a new elementary school in Jengerjiba. A small village located 110 kilometres from the capital Asmara, Jengerjiba is dotted with mud huts and concrete houses. The closest primary school is more than 10 kilometres away, a distance which has long hampered access to primary education for many local children.

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Cyclone Fanele hits Madagascar and stalls existing reconstruction work

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0211/Rasoamanana</br>On 20 February, high winds from Cyclone Ivan damaged the roof of a school in the rural commune of Vavatenina in the north-eastern district

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0211/RasoamananaOn 20 February, high winds from Cyclone Ivan damaged the roof of a school in the rural commune of Vavatenina in the north-eastern district

MENABE REGION, Madagascar, 28 January 2009 – The southern part of Madagascar has been brutally affected by Cyclone Fanele, which hit the island in the early hours of 21 January. A recent World Health Organization assessment notes that over 20,500 people have been affected by Fanele and Tropical Storm Eric, which arrived on the 19th.

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Back to school in Gaza, children welcome chance to resume normal lives

A girl inspects the damage to her school on the student’s first day back following the ceasefire in Gaza.<br /> ©UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0061/El Baba

A girl inspects the damage to her school on the student’s first day back following the ceasefire in Gaza.
©UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0061/El Baba

NEW YORK, 26 January 2009 – With the return of hundreds of thousands of children to school in Gaza, UNICEF is providing essential educational equipment and materials to re-establish learning and recreational activities, create safe environments, and help restore a sense of normalcy for children in Gaza.

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UNICEF rehabilitating learning centres for adolescents in Gaza

Children walk on destroyed houses in south Gaza City on the fourth day of the cease-fire<br />©UNICEF HQ/2009/El Baba

Children walk on destroyed houses in south Gaza City on the fourth day of the cease-fire
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By Roshan Khadivi

JERUSALEM, 23 January 2009 – The recent and extreme levels of conflict in Gaza have affected the lives of some 800,000 children and young people. Many have lost their schools, health facilities, play areas and even neighbourhoods, which have been destroyed in the violence.

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Sketches from Myanmar

These sketches were done by the Back on Track architect, Carlos Vasquez, during his recent trip to Myanmar.

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Sketches from Thailand

These are sketches from Back on Track architect Carlos Vasquez’s recent trip to Thailand.

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