Podcast #45: Regional conference to focus on inclusive education for children with disabilities
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2011 – Over 1.5 million children in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) live with disabilities. Commonly locked up in segregated institutions or hidden away in their homes, children with disabilities are one of the most marginalised groups in our society. They are often denied their basic right to quality education and lack opportunities to interact with their peers and actively participate in society.
Study tour from North Caucasus explores Syria’s new approach to youth
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 29 October, 2010 – At first glance, Syria and the North Caucasus would seem to have little in common. But beyond the different cultures, people and histories, interest in youth development is increasing and making a significant impact in both places.
‘I have the right’: UNICEF Russia launches child rights campaign
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 4 November 2009 – UNICEF Russia has launched a series of public service announcements dedicated to protecting child rights. The campaign underlines the importance of considering the interests of the child in all important decisions, whether at the family or state level.
UNICEF applauds creation of the position of the Child Rights Ombudsperson at the national level
MOSCOW, Russia, 23 October 2009 – Alexei I. Golovan has been appointed to the newly created post of Child Rights Ombudsperson at the national level in Russia. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in a gift to all Russian children, made the decree on 1 September 2009, also known as the ’Day of Knowledge’ in Russia, the day when the school year traditionally starts.
UNICEF and the Russian Federation review results and promote joint engagement for children
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 3 April 2009 – Over the last three years, the Russian Federation has continued to register important advances for children and women.
A voice for children: Opera star Maria Guleghina joins forces with UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 12 February 2009 – One of opera's most celebrated stars has joined forces with UNICEF to advocate for children's rights.
UNICEF unites young leaders from eight North Caucasus regions for peace
NALCHIK, Russian Federation, 12 December 2008 – Last month, on the International Day for Tolerance, roughly 150 volunteers and children from 8 regions of the North Caucasus gathered in Nalchik for the first-ever Congress of Young Peace Builders.
Orlando Bloom visits Krasnoselky rehabilitation centre in Moscow
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 24 November 2008 – The children at the Krasnoselsky social shelter in Moscow could not believe their eyes when Orlando Bloom, an enthusiastic supporter of UNICEF programmes, stopped in for a visit recently. This was his first visit to Russia.
Textbook on children's rights receives award during Russia Education Week 2008
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 31 October 2008 – A textbook developed by UNICEF in partnership with the Dagestan State Pedagogical University was awarded a gold medal during Russia Education Week 2008, held in early October at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow.
Against the odds, Chechen landmine survivors score goals on the football pitch
GROZNY, Chechnya, Russian Federation, 16 June 2008 – The legacy of conflict is all over this indoor football field, where 11 young men, all missing a limb, regularly gather to score a goal for beating the odds.
UNICEF Regional Director sees North Caucasus rebuilding for sustainability
VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia, Russian Federation, 29 May 2008 – UNICEF’s Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Maria Calivis, recently visited UNICEF projects in Russia’s North Caucasus region.
UNICEF initiative helps children with special needs receive an education in Moscow
MOSCOW, Russia, 11 April 2008 – On 9 April, the wife of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, visited School 142 – a Moscow school that is at the forefront of a UNICEF-supported programme to include children with special needs in the classroom.
A full-service ‘triangle of support’ helps Russian families cope with HIV
CHELYABINSK, Russia, 28 March 2008 – Weeks old but already at risk, the newborns sleeping in the sun-drenched rooms of the No.8 Paediatric Hospital here have special needs that are being carefully monitored.
Centre provides support for Beslan's families
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 6 March 2008 – Soslan, age 10, was in the gymnasium of School Number One in Beslan on 1 September 2004, when nearly 333 children, teachers and parents perished during a siege.
Help for children psychologically affected by war in Chechnya
SHALI, Chechen Republic, Russian Federation, 3 March 2008 – Zarema, 10, lives with her parents in the war-torn Chechnya region of Russia. Her story highlights the ways in which children are affected by war, and the need for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency situations.
UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu collaborates with young artists at ‘Maria’s Children’
MOSCOW, Russia, 25 February 2007 – Lucy Liu is a woman of many talents. The world-famous actress and US Fund for UNICEF National Ambassador is also a musician, a martial artist and, of course, a pre-eminent advocate for children. Last week in Moscow, she demonstrated her artistic skills as well, during a visit to ‘Maria’s Children,’ a unique art studio in the city’s centre.
For homeless Russian children, hope and help to get off the streets
MOSCOW, Russia, 26 November 2007 – Farukh, 12, has lived on the street for over a year with his mother. They came to Moscow from Izhevsk, a small town in the Russian region of Udmurtia. He says there is no way they would ever go back, because his grandmother was always angry and drunk.
Summer youth camps promote peace in the North Caucasus
MOSCOW, Russia, 24 September 2007 – Tolerance, peace and living in a multi-ethnic society were the themes of five summer camps organized by UNICEF and local authorities in four of Russia’s North Caucasian republics – Ingushetia, Dagestan, North Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria. Over 500 children took part in the programme this year.
Moscow hosts Cities for Children conference and signs on to become child-friendly
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 7 September 2007 – Seventy per cent of all Russian children live in urban areas. An eighth of them – some 1.6 million children – live in the capital, Moscow, which this week hosted a two-day global conference on urban child protection.
Disabled children raise awareness for their cause through a photography workshop
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 7 September 2007 – With a growing economy, thanks in part to the country's abundant natural resources, Russia is fast becoming a place of opportunity. However, children with disabilities are still struggling to find a better place in society.
A Russian mother in crisis finds security at a centre in Kostroma
KOSTROMA, Russia, 29 September 2006 – Two-year-old Nastya is an active child who loves to laugh and enjoys being photographed. Her mother, Tatiana, calls the blue-eyed little girl “the greatest joy of my life.”
Remembering Beslan school two years on
NEW YORK, 1 September 2006 – Two years ago, hostage-takers entered School Number One in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russian Federation as children and parents celebrated the start of a new school year. Three days later, more than 170 children were dead, together with hundreds of adults. More than a thousand people were held hostage in Beslan’s Number 1 school gymnasium without food or water for three days.
‘Junior 8’ delegates present youth concerns in historic meeting with G8 leaders
PUSHKIN, Russia, 17 July 2006 – History was made yesterday the Konstantin Palace in the St. Petersburg suburb of Strelno, when delegates from the ‘Junior 8’ Youth Forum met with their nations’ leaders gathered in Russia for the G8 summit.
‘Junior 8’ delegates meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin
PUSHKIN, Russia, 14 July 2006 – Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to meet with delegates at the Junior 8 Youth Forum outside St. Petersburg today, catching the participants in the middle of a video conference with youths in Cairo.
At Junior 8 Youth Forum, delegates strategize to put intolerance in check
PUSHKIN, Russia, 13 July 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and chessmaster Anatoly Karpov visited the Junior 8 summit here yesterday to speak with youth delegates about intolerance and his work fighting iodine deficiency among children.
‘Junior 8’ delegates prepare for meeting with G8 summit leaders
PUSHKIN, Russia, 13 July 2006 – Inside the Junior 8 Youth Summit here, 64 young leaders are debating and discussing the recommendations they will deliver to G8 leaders on 16 July.
‘Junior 8’ Youth Forum opens in Russia
PUSHKIN, Russia, 10 July 2006 – With the goal of influencing world leaders, 64 young people from G8 member countries today opened the ‘Junior 8’ Youth Forum, or J8, in Pushkin, near St. Petersburg, Russia.
‘Junior 8’ delegates arrive in Russia for youth summit
PUSHKIN, RUSSIA, 7 July 2006 – Sixty-four youth delegates from G8 member countries have gathered here to debate and agree on a set of recommendations to give world leaders, ahead of the upcoming G8 summit in St. Petersburg.
‘Junior 8’ Youth Forum prepares to meet during G8 summit in St. Petersburg
NEW YORK, USA, 5 July 2006 – In the run-up to the G8 meeting, as government leaders fine-tune their agendas and prepare for the annual international forum, adolescents from the G8 countries are getting ready for a forum of their own.
Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Lange visits a clinic for children living with HIV in Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, 18 May 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Lange is visiting the Russian Federation to help draw attention to the needs of vulnerable children, including those living with HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF Executive Director addresses UN special meeting to commemorate Chernobyl
NEW YORK, USA, 28 APRIL 2006 – At the United Nations today, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addressed a special meeting of the General Assembly in remembrance of the Chernobyl disaster.
For a Russian teenager, photography brings the legacy of Chernobyl into focus
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, 25 April 2006 – In the 20 years since Chernobyl exploded and gave the world yet another synonym for destruction, a generation of children has grown up with no memory of the event. Like everyone in his class at school in the village of Novy Bobovichi, Sergei Kravchenko, 14, knows only what he hears from his parents and other adults.
Twenty years later, the Chernobyl disaster still affects children’s health
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, 25 April 2006 – On the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, UNICEF is urging the governments of countries still affected by fallout from the radioactive blast to take a simple yet effective step to save and improve lives.
Russia launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
MOSCOW, Russia, 14 November 2005 – The UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign was launched in Russia today. The highlight of the launch event was provided by Tamara Manannikova, who spoke about her adoption of an HIV-positive baby, Polina.
1 year later, Beslan struggles to go forward
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 29 August 2005 – Minutes after our United Nations jeep pulls out of the airport of Vladikavkaz, the capital of the Russian republic of North Ossetia, a vast cemetery looms in front to the right of the road. The graves of about 330 hostages – most of them children who perished in nearby Beslan after a 72-hour school siege on 3 September 2004 – stretch as far as the eye can see and leave a chilling first impression of this region.
The Pukhayevs of Beslan
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 31 August 2005 – Eight years ago the family of Timur Pukhayev left their home in South Ossetia and moved to Beslan in North Ossetia. Timur and Marina had four children: Madina, Sarmat, Milena and Milana. Timur was a serviceman and had taken part in combat operations in Afghanistan, Abkhazia and Ingushetia. He knows only too well what a war is like, and he knew he had to leave his home to give his family a chance to live in peace and tranquillity.
The Katsanovs and Ambalovs of Beslan
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 29 August 2005 – Deeply scarred are the hearts of the people who had to go through the ordeal, and feel all the pain and bitterness of the mournful days hanging over Beslan. Everyone keeps asking one and the same question: ‘Why?’
UNICEF Beslan Photo workshop: Alana’s and Alina’s stories
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 29 August 2005 – UNICEF photography workshop participants Alina Sakieva, 18, and Alana Alikova, 17, are very different, but they share a common challenge – trying to come to terms with the events of last September’s school siege.
UNICEF Beslan Photo workshop: Soslan’s story
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 29 August 2005 – The success of UNICEF’s Beslan photo workshop came down to the children’s enthusiasm and behaviour. And they did not disappoint, impressing the workshop organizers with their creativity, enthusiasm and ability to grasp new skills and acquire new knowledge.
1 year after siege, Beslan’s children still need help
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia, 26 August 2005 – A bus full of Beslan first-graders pulls up in front of the North Ossetian State Children’s Rehabilitation Centre, the capital of this small republic, which is about 40 minutes drive from Beslan itself.
Photo workshop helps Beslan’s children share hope and healing
BESLAN, Russia, 26 August 2005 – In the leadup to the anniversary of the Beslan school tragedy, UNICEF organized a photo workshop and exhibition to remind the world of what happened here in September 2004. What sets this exhibition apart is that the children of Beslan – hardest-hit by the tragedy – are themselves the photographers.
Beslan children ponder the future, and the past
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 3 March 2005 - Among the pleasant surprises in Beslan in the six months since the siege at School Number One have been the invitations for children to visit countries throughout Europe, North America and Russia.
Beslan: Rustam’s story
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 3 March 2005 – The school siege in Beslan, 1-3 September 2004, lasted a little more than 50 hours. During the siege, nearly 1,300 children and adults sat in a gym rigged with explosives at Beslan's School No. 1. Heavily armed terrorists threatened to execute them if they spoke, cried, moved suddenly, or disobeyed any order.
UNICEF helps the victims of Beslan
BESLAN, Russian Federation, 3 March 2005 – When the Beslan school siege took place in September 2004, UNICEF recognized that former hostages and members of the affected community would need long-term psychological and emotional support.
Kindergartens help care for abandoned babies as Russian AIDS epidemic grows
KALININGRAD, Russia / NEW YORK, 9 February 2005 - HIV/AIDS is a growing problem among young people in Russia. Fuelled by intravenous drug use, around 80 per cent of all those living with the virus are under 30, with women accounting for one in three new infections. The effects of the crisis on children are starkly illustrated at orphanages and shelters across the country.
Bellamy pays tribute to victims of Beslan school siege
BESLAN, Russia, 12 October 2004 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy visited Beslan, Russia today to get a firsthand look at the impact of the recent school siege. An estimated 172 children lost their lives during the horrific tragedy.
Schools open in Beslan, Russia – but children are still suffering
NEW YORK, 15 September 2004 - Children in the Russian town of Beslan are being allowed to return to school today – two weeks after terrorists took more than a thousand people hostage on the first day of classes.
UNICEF child protection experts say targeting schools is a war crime
NEW YORK, 10 September 2004 – Fatima Tetova was just an ordinary mother of two daughters until the Beslan school siege changed it all. Her daughters, Irina, 13, and Alina, 12, were among the many hostages taken by armed militants at the school, and both lost their young lives during the ensuing violence. On 5 September, Fatima held a memorial service for both girls. All that remain are her terrible grief, her memories and a few photographs.