On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF joined millions of people around the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. In addition to his legacy as father of his nation, he also leaves behind his advocacy on behalf of children. In this lesson, students get introduced to Mandela’s story and life work. They examine how his drive was shaped by some of the same values that drive UNICEF’s work: a commitment to human rights and to education. Finally, they research evidence from the news regarding the state of education in their district, county, or state to determine the ways children’s international right to an education is being protected locally, and the ways it may need better protection.
Child Rights (CRC)
UNICEF’s video tribute to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). ©UNICEF 2013
NEW YORK (December 10, 2013) – UNICEF released today a new report showing that 230 million children under five—one out of every three children in this age group globally—have not been registered at birth. Tens of millions more are without a birth certificate. Learn more at http://www.unicefusa.org/news/releases/unicef-1-in-3-children-under.html. © UNICEF video
NEW YORK (December 10, 2013) – UNICEF released today a new report showing that 230 million children under five—one out of every three children in this age group globally—have not been registered at birth. Tens of millions more are without a birth certificate. For more information, visit http://www.unicefusa.org/news/releases/unicef-1-in-3-children-under.html.
Article 24 (Health and health services): Children have the right to good quality health care – the best health care possible – to safe drinking water, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy. Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this.
Created by Miguel Repiso.
In this animation video from UNICEF brother and sister duo Jack and Ruby explore the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Video from UNICEF Australia.
Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the world. They are far more likely to be victims of violence, have higher rates of malnutrition and more difficulty accessing safe drinking water. When given a chance to get an education, children with disabilities can overcome barriers, learn to be productive and reach for their dreams.
This short animation video, featured in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF PK-2 unit, depicts in cartoon style, how children have the right to access food and nutrition.
Podcast moderator Femi Oke caught up with youth advocates Salathiel Ntakirutimana, of Burundi, and Sumaya Saluja, of India. The young leaders talked about their experiences, the role of education in young people’s lives and their advocating on behalf of youth.
Dosu is 12 years old and originally from Benin, but he spent three months alone after being sold in Nigeria. Dosu is a victim of child trafficking. UNICEF is working to strengthen policies in Benin, and other countries, to combat trafficking and to help organizations that rehabilitate street children and young people who are victims of child trafficking.