25 years of children's rights

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Next Thursday, 20 November 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Tell us what child rights means to you by writing a blog post on one of these topics between now and next week: 1. What the Convention on the Rights of the Child means to me. 2. Is the world a better place for children today than it was 25 years ago? 3. My wish for children in 25 years time is..... 4. What kinds of innovation do we need to make the world better for children? We look forw...


Ebola versus education

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By Kamanda (19), Plan Global Youth Advisory Panel (GYAP) member. Just 12 years ago my country started revitalising its education system after the civil war had destroyed almost everything. Today, the deadly Ebola virus is destroying our education systems once again. Schools have closed down indefinitely and lessons or classes are banned. Our tutors are paid but they give no lessons, some of them no longer study or research their own subjects. Candidates of external exams...


“I’m the first person to come back alive” - David (11)

Posted October 31, 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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Laying on a wall at the management center for the Ebola response in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, David* says he feels gloomy. The 11-year old boy has just arrived from the Kenema Hospital where he and his brothers and sister spent the hardest days of their lives fighting against the virus. It took them an entire day to come back from Kenema, and it will take them again two hours to go to their village. Waiting patiently for transportation, David starts telling the story, the one of a f...


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We travelled to the Ahangaran Valley in the Bamyan province of central Afghanistan to work with local children as they produced videos about their school, their lives and their dreams for the future. Bamyan made headlines back in 2001 when the Taliban destroyed the ancient Bamyan Buddha statues that had been etched into mountainsides. For more than 1,500 years, pilgrims from across Asia had set up camp near the Buddha statues and the huge caves beneath them. Now, only the c...


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DOWNLOAD How do children see their rights affected by digital media and tools? In July and August 2014, 148 children in 16 countries took part in workshops to discuss the opportunities and risks associated with digital media; these discussions – and the voices of the child participants of the workshops – are reflected in this report. Findings were presented at the Day of General Discussion, a meeting focusing on digital media and child rights that was convened by the Co...


CONCURSO: la educación en situaciones de emergencia

Posted October 7, 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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Cien millones de niños y jóvenes se ven afectados por desastres naturales cada año. Más de la mitad de los 58 millones de niños y jóvenes de todo el mundo que asisten a la escuela viven en países afectados por la guerra y la violencia; la mayoría son niñas. Cuando ocurre una emergencia, muchos de ellos no pueden ir a la escuela. Un terremoto o una inundación podrían haber destruido las instalaciones y el trayecto puede haberse convertido en inseguro por un conflicto....


In Sierra Leone youth are helping fight Ebola

Posted September 25, 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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He’s may only be 20 years old, but Alusine Bangura, is of the young people helping in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Alusine was one more than 28,000 volunteers deployed around the country between 19 and 21 September, on a three-day house-to-house information campaign. The campaign aimed to 1.5 million households with life-saving messages about this dreadful disease. During the house-to-house visits, Alusine explains to a family in the eastern Waterloo area how Eb...


What are the barriers to education in Brazil & Mexico?

Posted September 23, 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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Yesterday a really interesting event took place at the UNICEF offices in New York. A group of youth delegates from Brazil and Mexico shared their personal stories and views on what the barriers are to education in their countries. The issues that they raised included: 1.Schools where teachers don't speak indigenous languages; 2. Poor quality of text books; 3. Violence and discrimination - especially for LGBT and indigenous youth; 4. Schools that are located far from w...


What do you(th) think about climate change?

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Tomorrow, an important event is taking place in New York City – one with repercussions far beyond the tiny island of Manhattan. Tomorrow, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host the 2014 Climate Summit, with an important goal – to get everyone behind the plan to address climate change and the effects it will have on us all. But these effects are likely to impact some groups of people more than others – and children and young people are key among them. Not...


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