Gaza, MOZAMBIQUE, 28 June 2013 – After the third day, starved and bleeding from perilous survival further beset by a need to look after six high school students near the bridge in Chokwe, physical education teacher Francesco Salomao, only 29 years old himself, proposed to swim away from the group in search for something to eat. The students cried out in refusal, they would not let him go. How would they survive without his leadership? He’d been walking home from school when the floodwaters came from all sides. In a matter of moments, the students (5 boys and one girl) who were in Chokwe to sit for a college placement examination found this brave soul who would save their lives.
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.
NEW YORK, USA, 16 June 2012 –The Day of the African Child commemorates the day in 1976 when hundreds of black schoolchildren were killed in Soweto, South Africa, as they took to the streets to protest against an inferior education system and the right to be taught in their own language.
M’BERA, Mauritania, 23 May 2012 – Conflict in Mali has displaced hundreds of thousands. Around 64,000 Malian refugees, including 39,000 children, are now living in a refugee camp at M’Bera in the far south-eastern corner of Mauritania. The camp is now the largest settlement in the district, three times larger than the capital Bassikunou.
‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies
by Rudina Vojvoda
NEW YORK, USA, 3 May 2012 – Poor harvests, drought and high food prices, combined with increasing insecurity, have pushed the Sahel region into a malnutrition crisis. Some 15 million people in the region are directly affected, including over one million children under age 5 who are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition, this year.
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.