18 August 2021

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children and families in the Western Balkans and Turkey

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking an unprecedented toll on children and families, There is abundant evidence that children bear a heavy burden resulting from disrupted essential services, increased social isolation, and loss of family income. In pandemic times, parents and caregivers are more likely to feel overwhelmed with providing stimulation and care for their young children and delay seeking prompt medical attention for…, Action and impact, Sanela runs the phoneline service, which was launched as one of the services within the “Mladost” Children’s Home in Bijela. 3 August 2021 – In Montenegro, within the project a universal SOS phoneline is set up to provide professional counselling and assistance to children and young people. A baby girl receives her vaccination at a clinic in…, How UNICEF and EU will support children and families, The European Union’s contribution of €5 million will help to ensure the continuity and quality of essential services in a context of epidemiological restrictions, while building durable national capacities that deliver quality services for children and families. The work at local level is aligned with the national needs and priorities and includes…, Expected results, Over this two-year initiative, across the Western Balkans and Turkey Continuation of vaccination services during COVID-19. 78,500 children and 84,000 caregivers will benefit from the continuation of essential maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services. Girl is attending the centre to continue her education during COVID-19 pandemic.…
28 July 2021

Our Voice Our Future: A Call to Action from half a million young people across Africa and Europe

Dear African and European leaders, We, a team of 7 UNICEF U-Report Youth Ambassadors, are writing to you on behalf of half a million young people from across Africa and Europe, who recently took part in the Your Voice Your Future polls (digital survey).  The polls provided an opportunity for young people to share their opinions on key topics and…, Key Recommendations from the Your Voice Your Future Report, 1. Education, skills and jobs, Increase allocation for education budgets for the children and youth in the poorest regions. Increase training and learning opportunities for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged communities. Digitalize the education sector; introducing digital learning opportunities and revising school curricula to improve quality., 2. Digital transformation and social infrastructure, Ensure that all young people have access to electricity and internet; improving internet connectivity, infrastructure and the availability of affordable internet - particularly for the most disadvantaged youth. Invest in online safety campaigns, for children and parents, including the prevention of online bullying and harassment. Increase…, 3. Governance, peace and security, Ensure that all children and youth living in conflict zones have access to quality education, including increasing teacher training and access to online learning. Ensure that political leaders and decision makers listen to the voices of young people - and include them in policy and budget allocations, for example by increasing youth political…, 4. Climate change and the green transition, Increase investment in renewable energy, reducing fossil fuel emissions and protecting the health of young people. Ensure that climate change is included in national curricula and practical environmental protection training is available to youth everywhere. Increase environmental job opportunities for young people in both the public and private…