News from the Field
March 2, 2013
The Khuvsgul region of northern Mongolia is a land of mountains, nomads and herds. In the village of Tsagaannuur, many students at the school live in the dormitories. The school’s latrines are outdoors, and this makes it difficult for children, especially for girls at night. In the next two years, UNICEF will provide the school with indoor toilets for boys and girls. UNICEF is also supporting the school with teacher training, supplies and special integration programs for children who have dropped out of school and children with disabilities.
March 1, 2013
As the situation in Mali continues to deteriorate, families are fleeing to Mangaize refugee camp in the Niger. In order to address the critical malnutrition levels in camps, UNICEF and its partners launched a feeding program in January. The program targets all children under five who are at risk of malnutrition. Nearly 1,200 children are in the program in Mangaize camp. Three meals are served daily, and a team of 90 trained women, most of them refugees, prepare and serve meals and mobilize parents to bring their children to the centers.
February 21, 2013
Fifteen children recently participated in Pakistan’s OneMinutesJr. workshop on the theme ‘Education through Peace and Tolerance,’ organized by UNICEF and the One Minutes Foundation. Children from underprivileged backgrounds spent five days learning the basics of filmmaking and then developing concepts for their one-minute films. The workshop gave the children the opportunity to express their thoughts on peace, tolerance and education; enhance their creative skills; work in a diverse group; and tell compelling stories on film.
February 20, 2013
Registering a child’s birth is a critical first step towards safeguarding his or her lifelong protection. Yet, worldwide, 49% of children under five are not registered. These children often have difficulty accessing healthcare, education, and social assistance. Without an age established by birth certificate, they are not protected against child labor, being treated as an adult in the justice system, forcible conscription, child marriage and trafficking. UNICEF is working with governments to support the registration of every child at birth.
February 15, 2013
I have just returned from Homs, where I was part of a mission to assess the humanitarian situation. Almost one in three persons in Homs is a displaced person, and 2/3 of the displaced population are children. The common message I got from parents and all education practitioners I met was the need to make sure that children can complete their school year. I saw and heard about much suffering and desperation, but I also encountered amazing stories of people who are doing everything they can to create pockets of hope in a world of chaos.