Archive | May, 2011

In Somalia, UNICEF constructs classrooms and trains teachers for children displaced by conflict

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Children listen intently during class at the primary school in the Shabelle camp for displaced people in north-eastern Somalia.

By Iman Morooka

BOSSASO, Somalia, 26 May 2011 – In classroom number two at a primary school located in Shabelle camp for displaced people in Bossaso, Deputy Headmaster and maths teacher Abdijabar Odol Mohamed has neatly written down a set of quizzes on the blackboard.

He reads one of the questions out loud. The children raise their hands and compete to answer. Mr. Odol points at one of the students, who eagerly shouts the correct answer. “Bravo!” he says.

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Pakistan: ECD kits in flood affected areas in southern Punjab

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Learning cognitive and manipulative skills through material in the ECD kit- ECE students in Government Boys Primary School Asif Abad. Tehsil Jampur, District RajanPur

By Gulnaz Jabeen Khan

Pakistan, MULTAN, 26 May 2011 – Devastating floods hit Punjab province in Pakistan and left over 2,000 schools either fully or partially damaged. Thousands of students and hundreds of teachers were displaced.

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In Geneva, young people launch ‘Children’s Charter’ for staying safe in disasters

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At the Global Platform for Diaster Risk Reduction in Geneva (from left): Johnson, 17, Tricia, 14, and André,14, at the conference in Geneva.

By Christopher Tidey

GENEVA, Switzerland, 23 May 2011 – Children make up more than half the population in countries predicted to be most affected by climate change and are facing increasing impacts from tumultuous events. It is estimated that as many as 175 million children a year will soon be affected by disasters.

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In Timor-Leste, UNICEF joins government child-friendly efforts to rebuild education

The fact that Madalena Soares, 13, can come to class at all represents a success story of local and international cooperation.

In Timor-Leste, UNICEF joins government child-friendly efforts to rebuild education from UNICEF: Back on Track on Vimeo.

High along the mountainous spine of Timor-Leste, one of Asia’s poorest countries, children in the remote town of Laclubar head for class. Yet the tranquil setting of this quiet place, nestled under the canopy of tall trees, masks a darker history that is only now beginning to fade.

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Safe schools and education can reduce the impact of disasters

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© UNICEF Japan/2011/Kaneko
UNICEF Japan Ambassador Agnes Chan visited children in the earthquake-devastated area of Miyagi, where 378 children lost their lives and 191 are still missing as a result of the disaster in March.

By Rudina Vojvoda

GENEVA, Switzerland, 13 May 2011 – Last year, children bore their share of natural disasters and the economic crises that followed. Millions of children suffered as a result of floods in Pakistan and the earthquake in Haiti.

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Timor-Leste: Rebuilding the education system to reach the hardest-to-reach

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LACLUBAR, TIMOR-LESTE, 13 May 2011 – High along the mountainous spine of Timor-Leste, nestled under the canopy of tall trees, classes at Batara school are back in session. It is a sign of normalcy masking a darker chapter of history that is only beginning to fade.

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