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)
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.
UNICEF reports on the situation for children two years after Haiti's 2010 earthquake.
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.
This video summarizes the year 2011 and the many achievements that UNICEF undertook around the world. The world welcomed its 7 billionth inhabitant; under-five mortality dropped to its lowest rate in history - 7.6 million; Ghana became the 21st country to eliminate neo-natal tetanus; more than 6,000 communities across Africa abandoned female genital cutting. Watch this engaging video here.
This slide includes the thoughts of a young girl growing up in Cambodia, who feels discriminated against because she is a girl.
This slide features an excerpt from a child in Costa Rica, who is a member of a marginalized group that suffers from discrimination.
This slide includes a quote from two adolescents in Pakistan who have grown up in poverty.