Archive | October, 2012

In Pakistan, UNICEF and partners provide essential services in area devastated by monsoon floodwaters

By Zeeshan Suhail

JACOBABAD DISTRICT, Pakistan, 24 October 2012 – Reshma is a cheerful first-grader with hopes and aspirations for her future. She makes beautiful dolls in her spare time.

Last month, monsoon rains flooded her village, Chandran, in Jacobabad district, Sindh. Now her immediate hope is to have her destroyed home reconstructed.

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Ten-year-old Reshma walks in front of her destroyed house in Jacobabad district, Sindh. Nearly 460,000 houses have been swept away or badly damaged by flooding. Children are disproportionately affected in the aftermath of such emergencies.

Reshma’s father is a labourer with nine other children to feed, clothe and educate. Work is scarce, and the family had barely recovered from the back-to-back monsoon floods of 2010 and 2011.

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Podcast #65: Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

By Rudina Vojvoda

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Boke, 12, near her home. She was married to Chache, a poor, 30-year-old man, before she had even reached menarche. She is mentally disabled and has never been to school.

NEW YORK, 11 October 2012 – Today, 11 October, marks the first ever International Day of the Girl Child, a day set by the United Nations to highlight the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year’s theme is “Ending Child Marriage”, chosen because child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of violence and abuse, and jeopardizes her health.

To discuss the role of education in ending child marriage and enabling girls to reach their full potential, UNICEF’s podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Dr. Anju Malhotra, UNICEF’s Principal Adviser, Gender and Rights.

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World Teachers’ Day 2012: Take a stand for teachers!

World Teachers’ Day 2012 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake from UNICEF: Back on Track on Vimeo.

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on the 5th of October since 1994, celebrates teachers worldwide. This year, “Take a stand for teachers!” is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day which UNICEF is celebrating along with its partners, the ILO, UNDP, UNESCO and Education International (EI). Taking a stand for teachers means providing adequate training, ongoing professional development and protection for teachers’ rights.

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“Inclusive education is a right and human rights don’t have a cost”

NEW YORK, 04 October 2012

Richard Rieser is the managing director of World of Inclusion, an expert disabled international equality trainer, consultant and teacher. Recently, Mr. Rieser is supporting UNICEF as one of the minds behind Rights Education and Protection project (REAP). We spoke with Richard about inclusive education and the role of teachers in providing quality education for children with disabilities.

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Richard Rieser speaking at the side event to the Fifth Session of the Conference State Parties Working Together to Implement Inclusive Education (Article 24)

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Podcast #64: On World Teachers’ Day, UNICEF honours teachers and their role in shaping the future

By Rudina Vojvoda

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General Secretary of the Ugandan National Teacher’s Union Teopista Birungi Mayanja speaks at the panel discussion following the Education First launch event at United Nations headquarters, New York, 26 September. According to Ms. Mayanja, when we talk about teachers, we are, in fact, talking about children.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 4 October 2012 – 5 October is World Teachers’ Day. Each year, education and development organizations worldwide mobilize to honour the teaching profession and its essential role in providing quality education for future generations.

Taking a stand

This year’s motto, ‘Take a stand for teachers’, calls on all policy-makers, stakeholders, communities and each and every one of us to show our support for teachers, especially considering that the current education system suffers from a shortage of 1.7 million teachers worldwide. Overcoming this deficiency is essential to realizing the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.

Education First, the new global education initiative launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 September 2012, stresses the importance of hiring and training more teachers, providing them with opportunities for professional development and improving teachers’ earnings and their social status.

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