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UNICEF BiH to Mark the Universal Children’s Day 2013 with a Series of Events

Sarajevo, 17. November 2013. – UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina marks this year’s Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (20 November) with a series of events focusing on various aspects of child rights. The week will begin with a joint field visit of UNICEF and Dubai Cares to Visoko and Mahoje near Zavidovici in the frame of a joint programme to expand access to quality pre-school education across the country. Dubai Cares supports this program aiming at improving the physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development of 7,000 children aged four to five in 45 municipalities in Republika Srpska and in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The program grants special attention to vulnerable children such as Roma children and children with developmental delays and disabilities. UNICEF and Dubai Cares representatives will visit program locations on Tuesday 19.11. and will organize a press conference to officially announce the beginning of this project.
The Australian Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina together with UNICEF will host an event to mark the Universal Children’s Day with a focus on inclusive education. Australia strongly supports international efforts to help countries around the world to devote more attention to the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The youth Information Agency (OIA) and UNICEF will present 40 secondary school projects implemented under the 3rd year of the Active Youth Programme, which aims at strengthening leadership and entrepreneurial skills of secondary school students.
Encouraged by the previous successful collaboration, UNICEF continues to invite media to feature issues related to children´s rights and to use available information on the living conditions of families, with a special focus on marginalized groups. A two-day workshop in Jahorina on 21 and 22 November will be one of the activities aimed at facilitating the dialogue and exchange of experiences between professionals to help journalists to further contribute to changing social norms to support the necessary systemic changes to advance children’s rights. Participants in the workshop will be journalists from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina engaged in covering topics related to social protection, education, health and child protection. The aim of the workshop is to make children more “visible” to the media and raise awareness of the public and decision makers on the situation of children.
A special event to award the best journalistic contributions for the protection and promotion of child rights will be organized on Friday. Children from elementary schools and kindergartens will participate in the event.



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