All posts tagged with: children

Ebola versus education

Publié 31 octobre 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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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)

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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...


Children's Hackathon: innovation shapes children's lives

Publié 31 octobre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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We can no longer turn a blind eye to a viral disease breaking out in distant West Africa; we can no longer ignore extremists terrorising the populations in the Middle East. We are long past the time where small communities lived in contentment with their local produce and found solace in the security of their confined collectives. We are no longer self sufficient, and as we find ourselves in the midst of globalisation the borders that divide us fade away. Our thoughts, actions and...


Are children better off now than they were 25 years ago?

Publié 25 octobre 2014 no picture Grace O

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Are children better off now than they were 25 years ago? The answer is a resounding yes. The convention was a watershed for human rights, so much so that today, many children are able to take these rights for granted. 25 years ago, children were regarded more as objects, either property of their parents, or helpless beings that needed to be fully guided. The convention established that each child is an individual, with his/her own rights to be respected and protected. Children...


Education, especially in emergencies

Publié 15 octobre 2014 Avatar Zayn_VOY_Connect

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100 million children and young people are affected by natural disasters every year. More than half of the world’s 58 million children and youth who are out of school live in countries affected by war and violence. The majority of these children and youth are girls. When an emergency happens, many children and youth cannot go to school. An earthquake or flood could have destroyed their school and a conflict made the journey to school unsafe. When faced with a natural disaster or a conflict, chi...


International Day of the Girl Child

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The “International Day of Girl Child” passed only a few days ago on 11th October with the theme of “Empowering Adolescent Girls; Ending the Cycles of Violence”. I listened to a radio interview of a female right activist who pointed out two terrible cases against girls in the country. A 7 year girl was raped by her own grandfather & a 15 year old girl was raped by her own father. These are only the representative cases, probably hundreds or thousands of such cases mi...


Post-2015 Updates from a Child Rights Perspective on Instagram & Tumblr

Publié 23 septembre 2014 no picture CallieKGpost2015

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The UNICEF Post-2015 Team is pleased to share its new social media sites on Instagram and Tumblr! These sites will give updates on the Post-2015 Development Agenda from a child rights perspective. In July, the UN System released a report that was essentially a “first draft” of the future Post-2015 Development Agenda and which will be what governments use to negotiate on for the official Agenda next fall. The UNICEF Post-2015 social media sites on Instagram and Tumblr will b...


THE VOICE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Publié 23 septembre 2014 no picture Katongo_VOY_CONNECT

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THE VOICE OF SOCIAL MEDIA# In today’s world people can communicate over great distances. You can even chat with someone who is on the other side of the globe as though you were in the same room. All this is possible because of social media. Social media is an essential tool in the work that we do as advocates for change and if anything voices of youth is a social networking site. Not long ago I had the privilege of attending the Zambia Children’s Climate Conference 7 and o...


Mixed feelings for Gaza’s children as they return to a new school year

Publié 22 septembre 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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The sight of schoolchildren filing into classrooms across Gaza last week was a welcome sign that in one respect at least, life in the territory is returning to some kind of normality after a traumatic summer of conflict and bloodshed. Pupils at the privately-run American International School in Gaza were back in class a week before the new academic year even began. Staff said they wanted to find a way of helping the children get back into a routine as soon as possible, so that...


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