Archive | June, 2011

As turmoil continues, children remain out of school in Côte d’Ivoire

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Pafait in front of his padlocked sixth-grade classroom in the village of Beoua, western Côte d’Ivoire. Armed forces occupied his school during the political crisis and have yet to leave.

By Cifora Monier

BEOUA, Côte d’Ivoire, 24 June 2011 – “We arrived at school at 7:30 a.m. as we always do on a school day. At exactly 8:30 we could hear shooting coming from the direction of a neighbouring village,” recalls Pafait Guei, a 14-year-old boy in sixth grade, who usually attends Beoua village primary school in western Côte d’Ivoire.

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Displaced by political conflict, Ivorian child refugees attend school at Liberia’s Bahn camp

By Priyanka Pruthi

NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 24 June 2011 – Forty-year old Philippe Cheugui used to teach history and geography at a school in Danane, a town in western Côte d’Ivoire. He was a successful teacher and public spokesperson, an inspiration to many.

Today, he finds himself seeking refuge under a tarpaulin shelter in Liberia’s Bahn camp. He watches his wife cook beside the tent with despair and relief in his eyes. He knows they are fortunate to have survived.

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After the conflict, young people work to bring about social change in Kosovo

© Kosovo/2011/Milica Milovic
Kosovo's youth participating in Recycle smART, a project funded by UNICEF's Innovation Lab. Recycle smART aims to use art as a tool for raising awareness on environmental issues and education for sustainability.

By Rudina Vojvoda

New York, USA, 15 June 2011 – With an estimated 53 per cent of its population under the age of 25, Kosovo is considered to be the youngest area in Europe. Twelve years after the height of the devastating 1999 conflict, Kosovo’s young people have witnessed significant progress. Towns and villages have been rebuilt, most of the people who fled violence now have returned home, and local institutions are functioning. Yet, the youth of Kosovo is coming of age in a society that is still ethnically divided, with the worst socio-economic, health and education indicators of Europe. According to UNICEF, more than 70 per cent of young people are unemployed, the majority of them unskilled.

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LINK TV showcases broadcast premiere of powerful documentary on the struggle to educate girls

“To Educate a Girl” Now Streaming on, Broadcast Premiere Friday, 24 June 2011, at 7:00 p.m. EDT

NEW YORK, 22 June 2011 – A powerful and moving film supported by UNICEF and the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) on the struggles girls face daily to get an education in the developing world, will air for the very first time on Link TV’s broadcast network on Friday, 24 June at 7 p.m. EDT.

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Education a catalyst: a conversation with Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire

©2011/Judith Rand
Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize winner for her efforts to end violence in Northern Ireland

By Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, USA, 8 June 2011 – In 1976, Mairead Maguire was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her extraordinary actions to end violence in Northern Ireland, her native country.

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UNICEF supports rebuilding and reconciliation efforts in DR Congo

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Minister of Social Affairs Ferdinand Kambere and UNICEF Representative in DR Congo Pierrette Vu Thi discuss visit conflict-affected Equateur province.

By Cornelia Walther

DONGO, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 June 2011 – “Children are the first victims of this conflict. We have a shared responsibility to build a better future worthy of them,” said UNICEF Representative in DR Congo Pierrette Vu Thi on a visit to Dongo in north-western Equateur province this week.

During the trip, Ms. Vu Thi and the Minister of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and National Solidarity, Ferdinand Kambere, saw first-hand the effects of violence and ensuing displacement.

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