UNICEF MENA Regional Director Dr. Peter Salama and UNICEF Iran Representative Dr. Gianni Murzi visit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mahdieh Hospital in the south of Tehran.

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6th July 2015, Tehran- A team of four education experts from UNICEF Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office travelled to Iran from 21st to 24th June 2015 to present to the Iranian government the joint UNICEF-UNESCO’s Out-Of-School Initiative (OOSCI) launched in MENA.

The MENA OOSCI team led by UNICEF Regional Education Advisor, Ms Dina Craissati, included three education economists, Mr Hafedh Zaafran from Tunisia, Mr Haogen Yao from China and Mr Jorge Ubaldo Colin Pescina from Mexico. This visit was part of a joint cooperation agreement between UNICEF Iran office and the Ministry of Labour, Cooperatives and Social Welfare to enhance targeted social protection for disadvantaged children.

In a two-day workshop hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Cooperatives and Social Welfare, the team of education experts presented the different dimensions and methodology of the OOSCI to an audience of officials representing different organizations including, the Ministry of Labour Cooperatives and Social Welfare, the State Welfare Organization, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice,  the Literacy Movement Organisation, and a number of civil society organizations providing services to at-risk children.


Relgious Leaders

Relgious Leaders

The UNICEF Iran Office, in cooperation with the National Body on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, will organize four technical workshops on “The Role of Religious Leaders in Prevention of Violence against Children (VAC)”. The four workshops, which will take place between June-September 2014, will focus on four priority VAC-related issues i.e. sexual abuse, early/forced marriage, discrimination (gender-related, ethnicity-related, religion-related ), and neglect, with a view to determining specific actions that can be taken by religious leaders )  in alphabetic order: Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Zoroastrianism) to prevent these phenomena. Participants will include officials and experts from various relevant government and non-government organizations, and academic institutions.

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