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World's Largest Lesson

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, we will help them become the generation that changed the world. Watch The Worlds Largest Lesson introduced by Malala Yousafzai:

Visit The World's Largest Lesson website for more information and resources, including lesson plans for your teachers.


Global Handwashing Day

15 October 2014 - Features recorded by the Vibe FM Young Reporters at a Global Hand washing Day event in Austerville, KwaZulu Natal. Click on the links to listen to the soundbites:

 Audio profile
Lernos,  Manager of the Food Nutrition Programme in the Department of Health in KwaZulu Natal talks about the importance of hand washing and why is it important to wash your hands when you are preparing food.

 Handwashing Day on location in Austerville
Young people are share what they have learnt on this day.

 Audio commentaryUDIO COMMENTARY
Anele from the Department of Health in KwaZulu Natal shares with the youth reporters the importance of the Global Handwashing Day.

 Interview with UNICEF Nutrition Specialist
This clip is about the Global Handwashing Day and UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Chantell shared with the youth reporters the reasons why is this day is important.



Ukufunda Virtual School puts the power of basic education back into the hands of every learner, teacher and parent in South Africa

12 September 2014 - The Ukufunda Virtual School offers personalised learning and teaching both in and beyond the classroom, anywhere, anytime. Ukufunda, which means “learn” in isiZulu, is the name of the virtual school that was developed by Mxit Reach, UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education. It’s an innovation in the South African education system that will address inequalities in the school system, raise education standards and put the power of education in the hands of every learner, teacher and parent. Read more>>


Children’s voices making “air” waves on community radio

LIMPOPO, South Africa, February 2014 - Like many other children living in South Africa, Koketso grew up to the sound of the radio playing somewhere in the background. The voices emanating from the airwaves were as familiar as that of his family members’, and he would often find himself humming along to a particular song or tune that was playing as he did his homework. Read more>>


Sinking her teeth into a male-dominated career field

09 October 2013 - The young woman’s smile lights up her face as she puts on the white lab coat that she has grown accustomed to wearing every day. As Nokulunga Dladla’s leaves her apartment dressed for class, the nineteen-year-old student knows that every day is bringing her one step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a dentist, one step closer to being called Doctor Dladla. Read more>>


Former GEM/BEM members enables others despite her own disability

29 May 2013 - Benedictor Mokoena (18) lost the use of her legs during a car accident, but this brave young woman was determined to finish her school career at the mainstream school she attended before the accident. Now a first year student at university, she is more determined than ever to challenge misconceptions regarding children living with disability. Read more>> 


Young reporters embracing the power of storytelling

A nationwide youth reporter network is generating powerful stories as told through the eyes of children.

Youth in South Africa face a number of challenges – such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV and high unemployment. Behind every one of these challenges, however, there are stories to be told, but not only from an adult perspective. Children also have the right to be heard on issues affecting their lives, but their voices are often not heard. Read more>>


Sport for Development making a difference

UNICEF recognises that sport and play can be powerful vehicles for working with disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Regular physical activity is essential for the physical, mental, psychological and social development of children and teens. Sport is also an ideal entry point for child, youth and community programmes. This is the concept for 'sport for development' -- that sport is not just an end in itself, but also an effective tool to achieve goals in health, education, gender equality, HIV and AIDS and child protection.





Technology for Change

Have you always though that mobile phones and social networks are just for fun? The Digital Citizenship and Safety project from UNICEF aims at empowering children, adolescents and young people in using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) optimally and safely. This video shows just one example of the power of ICTs and social media to bring about positive change. Do you have any other ideas? Share them with us on our Facebook page or via Twitter



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