Archive | April, 2010

Chilean earthquake takes a toll on education and security

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© UNICEF Chile/2010/Lagos
Chilean earthquake survivor María Belén Peralta Reyes, 17, in her hometown of Chillán.

NEW YORK, USA, 16 April 2010 – More than six weeks after a major earthquake struck Chile, survivors in some areas are resuming their normal routines. For young people, that means getting back to regular classes.

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Earthquake relief efforts continue in China despite altitude, cold and other obstacles

© UNICEF China/2010/Jerry Liu
Young survivors sit outdoors in Yushu County, the epicentre of the Qinghai Province, China earthquake. According to authorities, 80 per cent of the county’s primary schools and 50 per cent of secondary schools were severely damaged.

NEW YORK, USA, 19 April 2010 – High altitude is creating an obstacle for rescue teams delivering supplies to people affected by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in north-west China’s Qinghai Province on 14 April.

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Innovating for education financing

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0199/Shehzad NooraniChildren return to school for the first time since the earthquake in the remote village of Jacquot Merlin, Haiti. While investments in education can take longer to realize the results, the long term benefits are enormous.

By Pi James

The global economic downturn, escalating conflicts and widespread disasters threaten to reverse advances made in the last decade in increasing enrolment and reducing the gender gap in schools around the world.

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ECD, three months after the earthquake

© UNICEF Haiti/2010/Van den Brule
Haiti. 2010. A group of students at L'Ecole des Infirmieres in Belval, Léogâne.

By Arnaud Conchon

La Vallé Bourdon, PORT-AU-PRINCE. 14 April 2010 – I watch in awe as a boy of 5 tinkers with a kite he made out of an old plastic bag, sticks and muddy string. Almost half of the population of Haiti is under 18 years of age and more than a million children have been touched by this disaster. Many of them are living in make-shift settlements, without parents to help promote their full development potential. Still, these children find amazing ways to create toys and invent games in an attempt to socialize with those living in the tents next to them, to get to know their new neighbours.

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Education brings hope to Haiti’s children: ‘Let us not lose any more’

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© UNICEF Haiti/2010/Carwardine
Children gather at L'Institution Sacre Cœur for the start of lessons, as schools in Port-au-Prince begin to reopen three months after the earthquake that shattered much of Haiti.

By Edward Carwardine

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 April 2010 – From the hillsides around Port-au-Prince one can just see the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, tranquil in the bright sunlight. The ascending streets are bustling, energized by the frenetic traffic, the shouts of street vendors, and the masses of people going somewhere or coming from somewhere. It could be a normal day in this city of some 2 million.

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UNICEF distributes early childhood development kits in Jacmel, Haiti

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Children in Jacmel, southern Haiti, play with toys and games supplied by UNICEF to a pre-school run by Lauritas religious order. The school buildings were damaged in January's earthquake.

By Thomas Nybo

JACMEL, Haiti, 6 April 2010 – When the earthquake shook the mountains outside this port city in southern Haiti on 12 January, rural schools throughout the area were destroyed or damaged. Not only were classes cancelled for the short term, but looking ahead, parents were afraid to send their children back into damaged classrooms that they feared might collapse.

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