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Schools in emergency: learning from past mistakes

By Donna Goodman

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.

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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 #60: Day of the African Child draws attention to children living with disabilities

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Denis Komakech, 17, who is a blind student, is using his laptop at Gulu High School, northern Uganda, an inclusive school with a special needs annex for children who are blind.

By Rudina Vojvoda

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.

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Immunization and education for Malian refugees in Mauritania

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Students attend class at a new school in the M'bera refugee camp in south-eastern Mauritania. UNICEF has been working with the governments of Mauritania and Mali to establish schools in refugee camps.

By Anthea Moore

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.

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Podcast #58: Mia Farrow on visiting the crisis-afflicted Sahel region

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February 2012, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow gives a girl a dose of oral polio vaccine at an immunization site in the town of Moundou in Logone Region, Chad.

‘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.

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

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

By Rudina Vojvoda

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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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