More African children will have a chance to go to school thanks to expansion of Schools for Africa into 2 new countries!
Learn more about this program that’s already helped 21 million children get a quality education: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_69646.html
PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 17 June 2013
Iraq, 2013: Every minute eight people flee their homes to escape conflict, persecution or natural disaster. Annually on 20 June, World Refugee Day draws attention to the struggles of over 43.7 million refugees and displaced people around the globe. In Iraq’s Domiz camp, Syrian children and women register for food rations. The ongoing war in Syria has sent over 1.4 million refugees outside the country. Of them, over 150,000 are now in Iraq – a threefold increase since November 2012.
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FACT: 1 in 6 children aged 5-14 are working instead of going to school
World Day Against Child Labour is observed 12 June. This year’s theme is on the plight of the domestic worker.
Although World Day Against Child Labour is observed 12 June…everyday should be a day to speak out for those 150 million children who miss out on building their futures.
If you agree…speak out and share.
Learn more: http://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_69606.html
We must include children with disabilities because when all children are a part of society, and not apart from society, all of society benefits.
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Millions of children go hungry every day but we can stop it if we all act now
Published 6 June 2013 - The Mirror
Written by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham
Tonight, one in eight people will go to bed hungry. And in the next 15 seconds, a child will die because of hunger.
The figures are shocking and heartbreaking. But all around the world, it’s a cruel reality that people are struggling to feed their families.
In 2013, hardworking families in the world’s poorest countries shouldn’t be forced to choose who eats and who doesn’t. It’s not fair and it’s not right.
In my role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a supporter of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, I’m not prepared to sit back and watch the fight against hunger fall off the radar.
We have to act now, and we can all play a part.
Like every parent, I know how precious a child’s life is. I know that we all hold hopes and dreams for our children to be the very best that they can be.
Each and every child deserves the best chance in life; the chance to grow, the chance to play and the chance to learn so that they have the greatest opportunity of reaching their full potential.
Crucially, this includes having enough food to eat and the right food to eat.
But sadly a quarter of children around the world under the age of five are affected by poor nutrition, meaning their physical and mental development is stunted at an early age.
This is irreversible; once the damage has been done in a child’s early days, there is no cure, and it’s a tragedy that’s crippling the potential of millions of children.
Seeing children suffering from hunger and malnutrition when I visited Sierra Leone with UNICEF in 2008 is still a memory that haunts me. I witnessed babies surviving on water alone because their mums were too malnourished to be able to breastfeed them. I saw hungry toddlers and young children with painfully thin faces and frail bodies, lacking the energy to run around like all young kids should be able to do.
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Photo credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0009/David Turnley
Photo caption: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham plays with a baby that is being weighed at a UNICEF-supported community health outreach post near the town of Makeni in Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Nurses at the post monitor children’s growth, administer vaccines and provide education on hygiene and nutrition.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 10 June 2013
Children at a quarry, Bombali District, Sierra Leone.
Globally, an estimated 215 million children are involved in labour. A violation of children’s basic rights, labour that is detrimental to health or that otherwise impedes development must cease. Children who work rather than go to school are also more prone to a lifetime of poverty. The World Day against Child Labour – held annually on 12 June – calls for a global commitment to end the harmful practice.
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