Archive | June, 2013

In Kabul, Afghanistan – 1,000 classrooms, a world of difference

By Rajat Madhok

Fifty-one schools in Afghanistan have undergone a makeover. The quality of the facilities, education and teaching has improved immensely – as have enrolment and retention of girls.

KABUL, Afghanistan, 27 June 2013 – Mursal Tura dreams of being a successful businesswoman. Her interest lies in the garment industry. The 21-year-old university student hopes one day to be a leading fashion entrepreneur in Afghanistan.

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Protecting children, in Domiz refugee camp, Iraq

By David Morley

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A young boy holds his landmine awareness colouring book in Domiz camp, Iraq. 'What a world we live in, when children need colouring books to learn how to avoid being killed or maimed by a landmine,' writes President and CEO of UNICEF Canada David Morley.

Recently, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada David Morley visited Domiz refugee camp in Iraq.

DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 27 June 2013 – You drive over the mountains that surround Dohuk City and Domiz refugee camp opens up before you – a community of 45,000 people that wasn’t there just a year ago.

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A girl accused of witchcraft finds support, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

By Cornelia Walther

16 June is Day of the African Child. The theme in 2013 was on eliminating harmful social and cultural practices affecting children: our collective responsibility.

Accusations of sorcery put children at tremendous risk of discrimination or retribution. Although it is against Congolese law to accuse a child of sorcery, children like Josiane face such claims. UNICEF, government and NGO partners are working to protect children accused of witchcraft and to change cultural behaviour that puts these children at risk.

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Podcast #77: Putting learning at the centre of education

By Rudina Vojvoda

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Haque Preschool students learn through play, rhymes, artwork and songs at Shwetpur Government Primary School in Ashashuni, Satkhira, Bangladesh.

Why are some education systems failing children? Follow a discussion on putting learning at the centre of education.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 20 June 2013 – Recent data show that progress towards universal primary education has slowed, with the poorest and most marginalized children affected most. In 2011, 57 million primary school-age children were out of school. According to the most recent estimates, about 250 million children of primary school age cannot read, write or count well, whether or not they have been to school.

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A new chapter of the Schools for Africa initiative offers new possibilties for the continent’s children

By Malli Kamimura

NEW YORK, United States of America, 21 June 2013 – The third phase of the Schools for Africa partnership launched on Monday at UNICEF headquarters in New York. UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Peter Krämer Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to expand the initiative and provide more girls and boys with a chance for a better future.
The new phase aims to raise US$80 million between 2014 and 2017 to help the most vulnerable children in Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The programme began in 2004 supporting six countries and expanded to 11 countries in 2009. This recent launch adds Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone, making a total of 13 countries.

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At Security Council: A call for more action to end the violation of children’s rights, in conflict

By Priyanka Pruthi

The latest Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict points to some worrying trends in warfare, the targeting and use of schools in conflict – and the need for safe havens, even in conflict.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 20 June 2012 – His face and body are badly burned. He can barely speak. His home in Hama, Syrian Arab Republic, went up in flames when it was hit by a rocket – and the family couldn’t get 4-year-old Adnan out in time.

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