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UNICEF Regional Director meets Brazilian officials and leaders and learns about programmes supported by UNICEF throughout Brazil

© UNICEF Brazil/2010/Igor Estrella
UNICEF Regional Director, Bernt Aasen; UNICEF Representative in Brazil, Marie-Pierre Poirier; and the Minister of Education, Fernando Haddad.

Such topics as the fight against inequality and South-South cooperation were addressed during the meetings

 

Brasilia, August 23rd, 2010 – On his first visit to Brazil as UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Bernt Aasen attended meetings with officials and leaders from the social sector in Brasília, Belém, Acará (PA) and Rio de Janeiro. The topics discussed at these meetings, which took place between August 18th and 20th, included the fight against inequality and new modes of cooperation between Brazil and other countries aimed at guaranteeing the rights of children and adolescents.

 

According to the UNICEF Regional Director, solutions to the challenges faced by countries in the southern hemisphere can be found in the countries themselves, and shared between them. He therefore believes that cooperation should be based on a framework in which these countries also play an active role in the quest for solutions to the problems that affect the lives of children and adolescents.

 

On August 18th, the first day of his visit, the Regional Director met with Brazilian officials in Brasília, such as the Minister of Education, Fernando Haddad, to discuss strengthening strategies aimed at reducing disparities that affect children and adolescents throughout the country.

 

Amazon – On the second day of his visit to the country, the Regional Director visited the Neusa Pinto rural school in the municipality of Acará, on the Acará-Mirim River, 30 minutes away from Belém, the capital of the State of Pará. The aim was to visit UNICEF activities in the Amazon. The Neusa Pinto School was one of the first to be served by the EducAmazônia program right after its implementation by UNICEF, five years ago.

 

Seventeen children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 17 welcomed the Regional Director at the school. They all attend a multi-grade class that caters to students from kindergarten to 5th grade. According to teacher Leila Pinto, many of these students are children and grandchildren of former students. Being a very traditional school, it is highly sought after by local families.

 

Thursday afternoon, Bernt Aasen addressed such issues as health, education and safety during a videoconference broadcast via satellite to eight municipalities in the State of Pará. The videoconference was held in the studio of the University of the Amazon (UNAMA).

 

For more information

Alexandre Amorim, aamorim@unicef.org, UNICEF Brazil

Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean

 

 

About UNICEF
UNICEF is on the ground in over 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

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In the Amazon, the Regional Director visited the Neusa Pinto rural school, one of the first to receive support from the EducAmazônia programme.

Rio de Janeiro – On Friday, August 20th, Bernt Aasen arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the last stretch of his visit to Brazil. In Rio he attended a meeting with high-level officials from both the state and the city of Rio de Janeiro, the private sector, scholars, and third sector and civil society representatives. During the meeting, the Regional Director had the opportunity to learn more about the political and social conditions of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the innovative initiatives being developed by different sectors to promote equality and guarantee the rights of the population, especially children and adolescents.

 

In Rio de Janeiro, Bernt Aasen visited the Borel community, in the northern part of the city, where he met with UNICEF partners, community leaders and adolescent communicators who are part of the Urban Centres Platform, an initiative that coordinates different social sectors in an effort to reduce social disparities and ensure the rights of boys and girls from low-income communities in Brazilian cities.

 

The UNICEF Regional Director talked to the 10 adolescents who attended the meeting about their perceptions and expectations regarding the Urban Centres Platform. Aasen wanted to know what has already changed in the lives of children and adolescents over the past year, since the Platform was launched.

 

According to Carol, from the Tijuaçu community, and Nayara Gonçalves, from the Borel community, the Platform is like a school, where knowledge is acquired and must be passed on to other young people. “We learn in order to teach other adolescents and children how to improve our community”, said Nayara.

 

For more information:

Alexandre Amorim, aamorim@unicef.org, UNICEF Brazil

Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean

www.unicef.org/lac 

 

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About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

 

 
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