|UNICEF’s educational programmes help restore normalcy to children's lives||9 June 2005|
When it comes to improving the lives of children around the globe, few tools are more important or more powerful than education.
That's why UNICEF works hard to restore and improve educational services that have been disrupted by war, natural disaster or other tragedies.
Two UNICEF programs in particular have enjoyed tremendous success in recent months.
In Côte d'Ivoire, a country divided by civil war, children are studying a new Peace and Tolerance curriculum developed by UNICEF with Côte d'Ivoire's Ministry of Education.
The curriculum reaches thousands of children and helps to counteract the images of violence in the war-torn country.
Teachers have already seen results. Not long ago, students from neighboring countries were taunted and ostracized by schoolmates.
Thanks to the new curriculum, that has changed. "It's really amazing to see how they have come together," says primary school teacher Ms. Abo Kossia. "They even tell their parents about reconciliation."
War is not the only calamity that can come between children and education. Natural disasters can interrupt schooling and destroy valuable educational resources.
In December of 2003, for example, a devastating earthquake struck Bam, Iran. Nearly every school was destroyed, leaving children in the area without access to books.
To address this need, UNICEF has launched a mobile library program. Every two weeks, two buses visit nearly 40 schools in the region. The buses, filled with more than 3,000 books, help support the reading needs of more than 4,000 children.
Programmes such as these play a crucial role in restoring normalcy to children's lives. You can help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends and family. Ask them to join you in supporting UNICEF.