Archive | April, 2012

Podcast #57: Pau Gasol on making early childhood a priority

‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies

By Rudina Vojvoda

© UNICEF Ethiopia/2010/Fernández
Pau Gasol, the NBA star and UNICEF ambassador playing with Ethiopian children in the communities where UNICEF supports education, health and protection programs.

NEW YORK, USA, 27 April 2012 – Sixty four years ago, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, education was declared a basic human right for everyone, no matter their circumstances, gender, location, religion, language, ethnicity or socio-economic background. Yet, according to UNESCO, 67 million children of primary school age are out of school and being denied the opportunity to fully reach their potential.

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Podcast #56: Global Action Week promotes early childhood education

‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies

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A girl learns to identify numbers on her first day of school at UNICEF-supported Preschool No. 9 in the Baliqchilar settlement, Azerbaijan.

By Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, USA, 23 April 2012 – Every year, more than 200 million children under age 5 are not able to reach their full potential in cognitive development potential due to poverty, gender discrimination, conflict, malnutrition, inadequate care and lack of educational opportunities.

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Getting Ready for School: A Child-to-Child Approach in Yemen

Story and pictures provided by Child-to-Child Trust

Low primary school enrolment and retention rates are one of the biggest challenges for children in Yemen, where access to preschool is limited and in some areas non-existent.

© Child-to-Child Trust
Child-friendly classroom created teachers and students at the Taiz district school.

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Syrian children in Lebanon pick up the pieces of the educations they left behind

By Simon Ingram

MASHTA EL HAMMOUD, Lebanon, 17 April 2012 – Stepping off their minibus in the mountain village of Mashta el Hammoud, in northern Wadi Khaled, a group of children scampers up the stone steps to their classrooms. While the prospect of maths and Arabic classes may not seem attractive, there’s no mistaking these youngsters’ eagerness for the afternoon that lies ahead.

There’s a special reason for their enthusiasm: Many of the students are Syrian, and this weekly visit to an NGO centre is helping them reclaim the educations that were forced to abandon when they fled the violence gripping their homeland.

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Members of the Bureau of UNICEF’s Executive Board assess programmes and progress in post-conflict Sri Lanka

By Rajat Madhok

COLOMBO/JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, 12 March 2012 – Families of children who disappeared during Sri Lanka’s 27-year-long conflict wait for news of their lost ones outside a UNICEF-funded Family Tracing and Reunification Centre (FTR) in the northern town of Mullaitivu.

Until UNICEF and its government partners established this office, these families had no place to report their losses. Since its opening, the centre has registered 707 children as missing and has helped reunite 32 children with their families.

Assessing work on the ground

Members of the Bureau of UNICEF’s Executive Board – UNICEF’s governing body – visited the centre and spoke to family members, offering support and continued assistance. They were on a week-long mission to Sri Lanka with the aim of assessing UNICEF’s work in the field with government agencies and development partners.

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