Feature Film: Not My Life

Not My Life, with this accompanying viewing guide, depicts the scourge of human trafficking on a global scale, contains some graphic scenes and is recommended only for a mature audience. Filmed on five continents in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited through practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism and child soldiering.  This 32-minute version of the film was created in partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking project. For more information email endtrafficking@unicefusa.org. Educator resources on child trafficking can be found at http://teachunicef.org/explore/topic/child-trafficking.

A multi-cultural school in Bosnia and Herzegovina brings out the best in children

In Bosnia, the ethnic tensions that triggered the siege of Sarajevo in the mid-1990s are still visible in some schools where separate curricula are used for different ethnic groups. The Džemaludin Čaušević Primary School is an exception. This multi-ethnic, multi-cultural school is open to all students regardless of ethnicity. It serves as an example of how multi-cultural approaches to learning bring out the best in children and communities.

My Emotions

The One Minutes Jr. network conducts workshops around the world that encourage youth to create sixty-second videos that clearly and creatively express issues of importance in their lives. The network is supported by UNICEF and the European Cultural Foundation. In this one minute video, a Malaysian youth reveals his many layered emotions by removing a stack of hand-drawn paper masks. The short video playfully explores the wide range of human emotions.

After the conflict, young people work to bring about social change in Kosovo

Three young people from Kosovo discuss how they are helping to bring about social change in their communities. In a country that is still ethnically divided and struggling with socio-economic, health and education issues, these adolescents are working on projects that bring together youth of different ethnic groups to work on issues that concern everyone. As one states, “We don’t need to talk about peace to build peace. You bring people together to work on some issues and in that way you show that it’s possible for people to work and live together.”


The Child Survival Revolution


Thirty years ago, former UNICEF Executive Director James P. Grant launched what would become known as the “Child Survival and Development Revolution.” The bold and unprecedented effort, involving a diverse coalition of supporters and partners
from all over the world, saved 25 million young lives and spared millions more the misery of severe disability. Elevating the cause of children’s well-being to historic heights, the ambitious campaign also forever changed the face of global health and demonstrated the amazing potential of international development.


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