Archive | December, 2009

Living in the shadow of danger in the Philippines

© UNICEF/2008/McBride</br>Mount Mayon volcano looms above city of Legazpi in the Philippines, a constant reminder of possible disaster.

© UNICEF/2008/McBrideMount Mayon volcano looms above city of Legazpi in the Philippines, a constant reminder of possible disaster.

ALBAY PROVINCE, Philippines, 24 December 2009 – At the ringing of the bell, staff, students and their parents at the San Jose Elementary School know exactly what to do. They have practiced this drill before and know that in this disaster-prone corner of the Philippines, it is an exercise that could one day save lives. For behind this school, shrouded in mist and steam, is the Mount Mayon volcano – a permanent reminder of potential danger.

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UNICEF child-friendly school designer focuses on climate change

© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-2184/Ricardo Pires</br>Closing of the Children's Climate Forum in Copenhagen-Dec.'09.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-2184/Ricardo PiresClosing of the Children's Climate Forum in Copenhagen-Dec.'09.

NEW YORK, USA, 11 December 2009 – Architect Carlos Vasquez designs child-friendly schools for UNICEF. This past week, he had the opportunity to give presentations about his schools, which are built to withstand disasters caused by climate change, at the Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen.

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Protecting Rights through Child-Friendly Schools

© UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0553/Noorani<br>Children play outside a child-friendly school in Sudan.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0553/Noorani
Children play outside a child-friendly school in Sudan.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA, 10 December 2009 – This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, yet challenges remain in ensuring that its promise becomes a reality for all of the world’s children.

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Youth Day events energize debate at UN Climate Change Conference

© UNICEF/2009/Becker-Jostes<br/>UNICEF Climate Ambassador Toriqul Momen, 15, from Bangladesh delivered a presentation on the effects of climate change in his home country during Youth Day at COP15 in Copenhagen.

© UNICEF/2009/Becker-Jostes
UNICEF Climate Ambassador Toriqul Momen, 15, from Bangladesh delivered a presentation on the effects of climate change in his home country during Youth Day at COP15 in Copenhagen.

By Joan Howe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 10 December 2009 – Hundreds of children, including eight UNICEF ‘Climate Ambassadors’, wore vibrant orange-and-green t-shirts celebrating ‘Youth Day’ at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) here today.

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The right to choose education

UNICEF-2007-Markisz<br>Cream wright

UNICEF-2007-MarkiszCream wright

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA, 2 December 2009 – On his impending departure from UNICEF, Global Chief of Education, Dr. Cream Wright spoke with moderator Amy Costello about the empowering force of education and the importance of a child’s right to choose.

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Myanmar Report: Child Friendly Schools for Myanmar

Building a modern developed society, a sound economic system, providing proper health and
educational systems are some of the objectives and commitments of the government of Myanmar
to its people. Such objectives require the participation of all and the leadership of those with
capacity to improved existing conditions.

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