20 Years - The Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Liberian youths report on injustices of education system in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia, 11 January 2010 – As Liberia slowly recovers from a 14-year-long civil war, its educational system retains some of the lawlessness that reigned during the conflict.

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Childs rights advocates help young people stay in school in Rwanda

HUYE, Rwanda, 07 January 2010 - Aphrodite, 14, and her friend Joselin used to spend their days working on a rice plantation. It was back-breaking work, toiling in the hot sun from dawn until dusk.

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Convention on the Rights of the Child printed in Braille alphabet for the first time in Montenegro
PODGORICA, Montenegro, 06 January 2010 – On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF Regional Director for CEE/CIS Steven Allen, together with the Minister of Education Sreten Skuletic and Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Suad Numanovic, gave blind and visually impaired children in Podgorica copies of the Convention printed in the Braille alphabet.
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Faith-based organizations focus on children’s rights in Botswana
GABORONE, Botswana, 17 December 2009 - The devastating impact of HIV and AIDS in Botswana has directed much of the country’s attention to children’s survival. To ensure that children’s rights remain a priority here as well, faith-based organizations are lending a hand.
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Ukrainian pop stars sing about child rights
KIEV, Ukraine, 16 December 2009 – For the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF along with a leading Ukrainian television channel (M1 TV) and other pop celebrities debuted a song about children’s rights titled ‘The Fire of the Hearts’.
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Mobile classrooms give pastoral children new hope
KOMARET, Uganda, 14 December 2009 – It’s just after dawn in Uganda’s northeastern Moroto District. Although it’s still quite early, queues of children are flocking into the Namatwae Alternative Basic Education for Karamoja (ABEK) centre.
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Mothers’ campaign promotes girls’ right to schooling in northern Cameroon

PERMA VILLAGE, Cameroon, 17 November 2009 – Hawa Mahmadou, 12, was devastated when she was forced to drop out of school two years ago because her parents couldn’t afford the fees. She spent her days doing household chores.

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Child-to-child learning in rural South Africa safeguards the right to play

KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE, South Africa, 16 November 2009 – He is only nine years old, but Mandla (not his real name) is already a mentor. Every day after school, he meets with younger, more vulnerable children in his rural village and teaches them through traditional songs, stories and games.
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Education brings promise to Malaysia’s remote interior

LONG LUTENG, Malaysia – Meriam Anyie was born deep in the rainforest of Malaysian Borneo. As members of the Penan ethnic group, a nomadic indigenous people in the state of Sarawak, she and her family spent most of their life in the jungle, never living in a permanent home throughout her childhood.

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UNICEF and partners launch massive effort to reinvigorate Zimbabwe’s schools
NEW YORK, USA, 14 September 2009 – UNICEF and its partners are launching a massive campaign in Zimbabwe to get textbooks into school classrooms.
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H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan joins UNICEF in congratulating young women of Harlem
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2009 – The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem serves students from minority and low-income families. It is a pioneer in all-girl public education, and a model of success.
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New teaching strategy helps young students excel in Argentina
RESISTENCIA, Argentina, 8 September 2009 – For the first six months of first grade, Maria Angel Gomez struggled to keep up with the other students. She showed little interest in her school work and was slowly falling behind. She couldn't read and her mother worried that Maria Angel would fail and need to repeat first grade, a common problem in Argentina.
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In remote areas of Viet Nam, UNICEF supports teaching children about rights

LAO CAI, Viet Nam, 23 July 2009 – Against the dramatic backdrop of the foothills of northern Viet Nam, students at the Kim Dong Lower Secondary gather for their morning exercises. In perfectly straight lines, and with impeccable timing, they go through their routine, which heralds the start of the school day.

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Growing poverty in Gaza pushing children to work

The sound of a lathe screams in the background as Nael Hasan al-Lada’, 12, talks about his job in an auto body shop. He just started the job this summer, but already the young boy is helping to support his entire family of seven brothers and sisters.

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Supporting better education for Syrian and Iraqi children

DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 16 June 2009 – Miriam, 11, is from Baghdad. She has been attending Jerji Toma School since 2008. This year she witnessed a transformation. When she first arrived, she remembers paint cracking off the walls and old school books.

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Innovative learning supplies for classrooms in Gaza

GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 25 June 2009 – Brightly coloured cones, triangles and measuring tools were scattered across the school desks in the sparsely furnished fifth-grade classroom of the Mustafa Hafez primary school in Gaza City.

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Report finds minority and indigenous children disproportionately excluded from school

NEW YORK, USA, 17 July 2009 – Article 30 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child provides specific protection for children from ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. But today, twenty years after the adoption of this international treaty, children from marginalized communities and indigenous groups continue to face extraordinary barriers.

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One year after China earthquake, schools bring hope and opportunity

XIHE, China, 11 May 2009 – Well before dawn, sixth-grader Yang Mei, along with her younger brother Yang Zhen and sister Yang Yamei, leave their home in rural Gansu province for school.

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In Georgia, old schools find new ways to teach young children

TBILISI, Georgia, 9 June 2009 – At Kindergarten No. 31 in the Georgian city of Rustavi, many teachers still conduct their classes using methods developed during the former Soviet era.

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