Podcast #38: The role of education in empowering young Egyptians to shape their future
NEW YORK, USA, 2 May 2011 – The 18 days of protests in Egypt at the beginning of the year led to the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old regime. Although thousands of people spent days and nights protesting at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the uprising became known as ‘The Youth Revolution’ because of the prominent role of young activists.
Psycho-social support helps heal a young family at the Egypt-Libya border
SALLOUM, Egypt, 29 April 2011 – Adam (not his real name), his wife, mother-in-law and four young daughters fled the Libyan city of Benghazi late last month.
UNICEF provides relief at the Egyptian border as thousands of families flee violence in Libya
SALLOUM, Egypt, 4 April 2011 – Escaping the crisis in Libya, tens of thousands of families have been arriving at the Salloum crossing on the Egypt-Libya border. Some have been travelling for days with little food and water as they struggle to head back to their countries of origin.
UNICEF and partners accelerate humanitarian response to Libyan crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 3 March 2011 – As tens of thousands flee into Egypt and Tunisia to escape the escalating conflict in Libya, UNICEF is sending relief supplies to help meet the immediate needs of women and children at risk. In support of this emergency effort, the organization is appealing for $7.2 million in additional funding.
Egypt's young people play critical role in defending rights and shaping the future
CAIRO, Egypt, 2 March 2011 – Passionate, mature, dignified, inspirational. These are just some of the words used to describe the youths who led the recent uprising in Egypt. Their actions show a new generation of young people who are pro-active in defending their rights and dignity.
Psycho-social support for children caught in violence on Egypt's streets
CAIRO, Egypt, 22 FEBRUARY 2011 – UNICEF has launched a psycho-social support programme for children who were affected by violence during the uprising in Egypt in recent weeks.
In Egypt, forum highlights the problem of human trafficking
NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 - UNICEF Child Protection Chief Susan Bissell, Egypt Representative Philippe Duamelle and Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil joined 300 business and civil society leaders and celebrities at a forum in Luxor, Egypt, earlier this December, to highlight the scourge of human trafficking and consider recommendations on how to prevent the practice.
Education reaches girls at a child-friendly school in rural Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt, 16 August 2010 – Yusriya, 13, wears her teacher-made crown with pride. A confident smile spreads across her face as she begins her class presentation on sanitation.
Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil lends support to hospital serving Gaza
GAZA STRIP, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 17 February 2009 – Egyptian actor and UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa Mahmoud Kabil paid a special visit last week to El-Arish hospital in Egypt, near the Rafah border crossing to Gaza.
Egyptian children take the lead in improving hygiene practices
SOHAG GOVERNORATE, Egypt, 3 Nov 2008 – Egyptian schoolchildren celebrated the first-ever Global Handwashing Day on 15 October. As part of the International Year of Sanitation, this worldwide annual observance is designed to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.
Sanitation project in Upper Egypt empowers children to protect their environment
SOHAG, Upper Egypt, 27 March 2008 – Admired by her peers at the Tawayel El-Sharqiyya School, Fatima, 10, is a natural leader. When Fatima speaks out about the urgent need to begin protecting the environment, the other students listen. She hopes they will also follow her example.
Hygiene education campaign battles spread of avian influenza in Egypt
MARAZIQ, Egypt, 9 April 2007 – For the citizens of the village of Maraziq, about 30 km south of Cairo, keeping chickens and ducks has long been a normal part of everyday life.
UNICEF Executive Director visits child-centred projects in Egypt
NEW YORK, USA, 20 February 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has commended Egypt’s progress towards advancing child rights at the end of a three-day visit to the country.
Egypt joins the global AIDS campaign in a bid to keep HIV prevalence low
CAIRO, Egypt, 11 December 2006 – Egypt has become the latest country to join UNICEF’s global UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign. The occasion was marked by a gala evening involving some of the Arab world’s leading celebrities, who gathered with street children and community leaders to raise public awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Global partners meet in Cairo to advance girls’ education and early childhood care
NEW YORK, USA, 13 November 2006 – Education officials from Egypt and several other countries have joined forces with non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and independent experts at a conference in Cairo to promote early childhood care and put an end to gender disparities in education.
Reclaiming childhood: UNICEF and partners protect child labourers in Egypt
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, 11 April 2006 – It is mid-morning in one of Alexandria's bustling working-class neighbourhoods. In a small ironing and dry-cleaning shop, 14-year-old Ahmed is already hard at work. It has been one year since he began working here, joining the growing numbers of Egyptian children – an estimated 2.7 million between the ages of 6 and 14 – driven out of school and into the workforce by poverty or other circumstances.
Egypt is now polio-free
CAIRO, Egypt, 1 February 2006 – Polio and Egypt go back a long way. Archaeological evidence suggests that children living along the banks of the river Nile were being disabled by the disease even in pharaonic times. That’s one reason why today’s announcement – that Egypt has been declared polio-free – is such a landmark.
A new approach to Egypt’s street children
CAIRO, Egypt - Among the swirling crowds of Cairo, one hardly notices the small figures of children who call the streets their home. Adel is one of them. He left home at nine to escape a life of misery and violence.
Egypt's first shelter for young mothers living on the street
CAIRO, Egypt, 8 November 2005 - Just a few months ago, the only place 16-year old Hadir could call home was the crowded and dangerous streets of Cairo. On the run from problems with her family, Hadir found herself alone, vulnerable – and pregnant.
New HIV/AIDS counselling and testing centres open in Egypt
CAIRO, 18 October 2005 - To most Egyptians, AIDS is a problem for other people to worry about. The disease has already claimed millions of lives worldwide, but – on the surface at least – its impact in Egypt has been minimal.
Japan donates $3.7 million to help eradicate polio in Egypt
CAIRO, 1 September 2005 – As Indonesia strives to contain a recent polio outbreak, Egypt is in the last stages of freeing itself from the disease, which once crippled thousands of children here every year.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah visits Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt, 20 April 2005 - A visit to Egypt last week by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah underlined the vital relationship between the children's agency and key players in the Arab and Muslim world.
New UNICEF Egypt website
Egypt, 30 November 2004 - A brand-new website created by UNICEF's office in Egypt is now available.
Battling the scourge of female genital mutilation
MANFALOUT, 15 September 2004 – Awatef Ramadan's first harrowing glimpse of the practice known as female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) came at the age of six, when she was growing up in the southern Egyptian town of Manfalout.
Improving health services for children in Egypt
BENI SHOQAIR, 12 August 2004 – She may be only 23 years of age, but Tahany Mohamed is already someone whom the children of Beni Shoqair have reason to thank.