Archive | January, 2010

Education essential to heal Haiti’s children

© Chris Hondros/Getty Images - Boy pours water on his head in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Nearly half the Haitian population are under the age of 18.

© Chris Hondros/Getty Images - Boy pours water on his head in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Nearly half the Haitian population are under the age of 18.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA, 21 January 2010 – The death toll from the 12 January earthquake in Haiti continues to rise, despite the worldwide humanitarian efforts underway. With nearly half of the Haitian population under the age of 18, children have been significantly affected by this crisis.

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Haiti: Education helps infuse stability

Nine-year-old Marie Yolene Milord speaks with a Haitian volunteer at a field hospital at the MINUSTAH <br /> © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0052

Nine-year-old Marie Yolene Milord speaks with a Haitian volunteer at a field hospital at the MINUSTAH
© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0052

“I don’t know how, perhaps in tents or the open-air…but even in wartime, schools must function…For the mental health of the population, the children and students need to go back to normal life. They will have hot meals and psychological treatment at schools.” -Joel Jean-Pierre, Minister of Education, Haiti

The following are links highlighting education response and information on the crisis in Haiti.

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Liberian youths report on injustices of education system in Liberia

© UNICEF/Liberia/Gordon</br>Emmanuel, 16, from Monrovia, Liberia, wants to help rebuild his country, but he can’t afford the university fees needed to continue his education.

© UNICEF/Liberia/GordonEmmanuel, 16, from Monrovia, Liberia, wants to help rebuild his country, but he can’t afford the university fees needed to continue his education.

In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – a landmark international agreement on the basic human rights of all children – UNICEF is featuring a series of stories about progress made and challenges that remain. Here is one of those stories.

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First group of Maoist child soldiers begin process to rejoin civilian life in Nepal

© AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA</br>Former Nepalese Maoist combatants attend a farewell ceremony at a Maoist camp in Dudhali, Sindhuli district in eastern Nepal on 7 January 2010. More than 200 young men and women swapped their blue People's Liberation Army (PLA) uniforms for civilian clothes and began their journey home after an official ceremony at the Sindhuli camp in central Nepal.

© AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMAFormer Nepalese Maoist combatants attend a farewell ceremony at a Maoist camp in Dudhali, Sindhuli district in eastern Nepal on 7 January 2010. More than 200 young men and women swapped their blue People's Liberation Army (PLA) uniforms for civilian clothes and began their journey home after an official ceremony at the Sindhuli camp in central Nepal.

By Sarah Crowe and Martin David Logan

SINDHULI DISTRICT, Nepal, 8 January 2010 – In a flurry of colour, flowers and blessings, a group of some 200 former child soldiers left behind them their military barracks in the Maoist army cantonment here and took their first steps back into civilian life.

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UNICEF distributes school supplies in typhoon-affected Philippines

©UNICEF Philippines/2009/Kat Palasi</br>Children lined up in the courtyard of Puelay Elementary School in Villasis, Pangasinan.

©UNICEF Philippines/2009/Kat PalasiChildren lined up in the courtyard of Puelay Elementary School in Villasis, Pangasinan.

By Silje Vik Pedersen

PANGASINAN, Philippines, 4 January 2010 – Puelay Elementary School in Villasis was one of many schools flooded when Typhoon Pepeng (known internationally as Parma), hit the region in October.

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UNICEF gears up relief efforts to earthquake-stricken Haiti

©Matthew Marek/American Red Cross</br>Haiti-2010. Destruction and devastation in Haiti after the earthquake.

©Matthew Marek/American Red CrossHaiti-2010. Destruction and devastation in Haiti after the earthquake.

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, 13 January 2010 – Despite heavy damage to its own offices in Port-au-Prince UNICEF is ready to provide immediate support to the victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the earthquake that hit Haiti today.

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