UNICEF and Telesur join forces for the wellbeing of Every Child in Suriname

11 March 2024
UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron and CEO of TELESUR pose for photo after signing MOU aimed at improving the wellbeing of children in Suriname
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UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron and CEO of TELESUR pose for photo after signing MOU aimed at improving the wellbeing of children in Suriname
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CEO TELESUR Mr. Mike Antonius delivers remarks at the signing of MOU with UNICEF
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CEO TELESUR Mr. Mike Antonius delivers remarks at the signing of MOU with UNICEF

UNICEF Suriname and Telesur announce new alliance aimed at improving the well-being of children in Suriname, with specific focus on mental health and skills building.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by CEO Telesur, Mr. Mike Antonius and UNICEF Representative for Guyana & Suriname, Mr. Nicolas Pron, the two institutions committed to jointly increase actions to make a difference in the development of children and young people, making them more resilient and empowered.

The corporate social responsibility agenda of Telesur founded by the Sustainable Development Goals, has a key focus on children and adolescents aimed at securing a bright future for children and young people.

“We want to ensure that children are protected, we want to support their well-being, and provide access to skills they need to navigate successfully in changing circumstances” says Mike Antonius, CEO of Telesur.

The MoU describes actions to collaboratively champion for the well-being of children in Suriname encompassing an array of initiatives, campaigns, and programs that can be developed; this will include designing and implementing comprehensive awareness initiatives, convening more stakeholders for the cause of children, foster a workplace culture that actively promotes children´s priorities and explore opportunities to develop innovative solutions for child rights programming extended to the private sector in Suriname.

 

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UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron delivers remarks at the signing of MOU with TELESUR
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UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron delivers remarks at the signing of MOU with TELESUR

“Partnerships are at the heart of how we deliver results for children. They are central to delivering programs with equity aimed at increased results for every child,” says UNICEF Representative for Guyana and Suriname, Nicolas Pron.

This year, UNICEF and Telesur have agreed that priority will be given to mental health through awareness raising and the development of skills programs for adolescents and young people to increase their self-efficacy and resilience, leading to overall improved wellbeing and empowered children and young people.

A recent mental health study conducted by UNICEF has shown that 36% of young people have suicidal thoughts. 76%, have experienced stress and depression in recent months. The majority of these respondents (51%) have also stated that not enough information is provided on mental health.

“Supporting the mental health of young people will result into stronger and empowered citizens, benefiting the development of Suriname”, said Antonius. He continued “Leveraging the well-known expertise and technical capacity of UNICEF through data, will ensure that Telesur’ s results-driven approach is responding to the needs of children.”

Private Sector Partnerships are an organizational priority for UNICEF. They are critical to winning support for the cause of children and driving change. UNICEF is accelerating its engagement with the private sector, and in the same way, corporations are increasingly looking for partners within the development sector who could help them deliver impactful, tangible, and measurable results.

“The challenges children face are immense.  It is this coordinated and intentional approach to collaboration and partnerships that is needed, by working with entities such as Telesur, that we can make sure that more impactful results for children are achieved”, Says Pron.

UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron with UNICEF Programme Manager Javier Carboda, CEO TELESUR Mr. Mike Antonius and children immediately upon the signing of MOU between UNICEF and TELESUR aimed at improving the lives of children in Suriname
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UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron with UNICEF Programme Manager Javier Carboda, CEO TELESUR Mr. Mike Antonius and children immediately upon the signing of MOU between UNICEF and TELESUR aimed at improving the lives of children in Suriname

Media contacts

Mahogany Neede
Communications Officer
Unicef Guyana and Suriname
Tel: +5977101017

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