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What Does Achieving the Water MDG Mean for School Children?

UNICEF and the World Health Organization recently announced that the world had met the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well ahead of the 2015 deadline.

 

In the lead-up to World Water Day on March 22, UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Murat Sahin, UNICEF advisor on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools initiative, and Alexander Schratz, the Executive Director of Fit for School, a Philippines-based non-governmental organization, about how much progress has been made and what this means for children.

For more information, see http://www.educationandtransition.org/resources/what-does-achieving-the-water-mdg-mean-for-school-children/.

In the Face of Worst Outbreak in Decades, Children in Cameroon Learn to Fight Cholera

Educating school children and young people about cholera and other waterborne diseases is at the heart of a new campaign, ‘My School Without Cholera’, launched by the government across Cameroon’s three northern regions and supported by UNICEF and other partners, including the private sector. At the recording of this podcast in 2010, the country was facing the worst cholera outbreak in over 20 years. With more than 7,000 cases and some 500 deaths, the need to promote essential hygiene and sanitation practices with clear information is urgent.  (http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/cameroon_56562.html)

Every Child Has the Right to a Life Free from Discrimination

Cartoons for Children's Rights (http://www.unicef.org/crcartoons/) is a UNICEF broadcast initiative that aims to inform people around the world about children’s rights. The effort has forged partnerships with many well-known animation studios that have developed more than 80 half-minute public service announcements based on the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Each PSA illustrates a right described in the global rights treaty, such as ‘Freedom from Child Labour’ or ‘Protection from Neglect’. All the spots are non-verbal, in order to get the rights message across to everyone, regardless of language. The spots have aired on more than 2,000 television stations globally.

This PSA promotes Freedom from Discrimination (Article 20 of the CRC).  Submitted from the Philippines (Imagine Asia), it was directed by John Rocco.

Children of Haiti: Two Years After

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Two years after the 12 January 2010 earthquake, the scars of disaster are still visible on the infrastructure, institutions and social systems of Haïti. They are also apparent on the bodies and in the minds of children, parents and caregivers. But as the second anniversary of this calamitous event (deemed the most destructive in recent decades) passes, there is also clear evidence of healing - and in some cases, of not just recovery, but meaningful and positive change that holds the key to realising the transformative agenda for children.

 

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