Notes from the field: Child Friendly School Clubs and the Potential for Gender Equality
Last month, Dr. Cliff Meyers (UNICEF’s Regional Education Advisor) and I visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) as part of a country support mission. My role was to offer a regional perspective on gender in education and early childhood policies, initiatives and
UNICEF demonstrates Riskland in Oro
Often described as a cowboy town, it was with much apprehension that my two UNICEF colleagues and I set off to the provincial capital of Northern Province, Popondetta, on July 10 this year.
Oro students first off the mark to play Riskland
Twelve-year-old Archie Ohusa still holds distressing memories of his home town, Popondetta, ravaged by a cyclone five years ago and he fears it can happen again.
Broadcasters promote safe motherhood on radio airwaves
We sat in stunned silence as we listened to a story of a young woman whose uterus had to be surgically removed after she punctured it with a stick while trying to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy.
By any means
If I had known a health trip for a mobile immunisation activity to a remote inland Rigo community in the Central Province of Papua New Guinea would be a gruelling 10-hour foot journey, I might have had second thoughts about going along.
Eric the helicopter baby
Four-year-old Eric Raphael is known as the helicopter baby by everyone in his remote Goutakomana village in inland Rigo, Central Province
Remote Rigo inland villagers get immunised
When I caught sight of 37-year-old mother of five, Iamo Bagu, cradling her new born baby in a CRC church hall at Kwaiva Iruka village in inland Rigo, Central Province, I immediately wondered if she gave birth in a health facility.
Six-month old Toshie Fiunakot kicks off special immunisation campaign in Papua New Guinea
Six-month old Toshie Fiunakot is the centre of attention at a packed hall in Caritas Technical School in Port Moresby and he has no idea why he is surrounded by so many people fussing over him.
Addressing gender based violence in Minj
Margaret Yalo has lived the past four years of her life in wretched dejection and often wonders why she was spared her life.
Male advocates for girls education – Petersens story
What sets young Peterson Simahe apart from his peers is his passionate drive to get young girls who have dropped out of the school system back into classrooms.
Never too old to learn
Thirty-year old mother of three, Susan Mai is perhaps the oldest student in Papua New Guinea's basic education system.
FBOs work with Government to address child protection issues
Eric Waisu was only six years old in 1985 when his mother passed away from a major illness.
Kundiawa opens its Family Support Centre
Little did Sister OpaTugo know that her perfunctory remarks to a challenge after a two-day workshop on child protection in August of 2007 would trigger a chain of events ...