Lima, July 24, 2004.- If there’s one thing to be said about this Copa América it’s that it didn’t just attract thousands of tourists and great football players – the idols of many children- but that it also convened important personalities of the caliber of Joseph Blatter, president of the FIFA; Nicolás Leoz, President of the CONMEBOL; and Carol Bellamy, Executive Director the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, who shortly after reaching our capital city initiated joint actions.
If these three entities have anything in common, it is precisely their work for children. Proof of this lies in their first joint activity after reaching Lima – a visit to the Próceres de la Independencia School in San Juan de Lurigancho, where UNICEF and the NGO Taller de los Niños (“Children’s Workshop”) are running a programme called “2X1, Success in Primary”.
The objective of this initiative, promoted by the Peru-UNICEF Programme of Cooperation, is to reduce school failure and promote the participation of adolescents in education. “We already have been implementing this initiative for seven years, and have been able to benefit more than 20,000 children to date, in approximately 84 public schools, and are planning to continue expanding the programme to different marginal urban areas,” said Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director.
“Reinforcing learning and self-esteem in children with poor school performance through games, group work, relaxation, and dynamics for integration and participation are some of the techniques we work with, and we have had excellent results in using them to develop learning skills and self esteem in primary school children”, the Executive Director of this international organization added.
Continuing her activities, Ms. Bellamy will travel to Cusco where she will visit the town of Hanaq in the Lamay-Cusco district, and review the work in health, nutrition and early stimulation that UNICEF is doing in this community. She will also be in the Inca Garcilazo de la Vega Stadium to watch the semi-final playoff between Colombia and Uruguay.
As is well known, throughout the Copa América, UNICEF has been promoting the campaign called “¡Con los niños sí se gana!”, whose main objective was to disseminate the rights of children between zero and three, to develop future champions – not only in football but in any aspect of life in which they wish to develop.
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