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A warmer winter for refugee children in Serbia
DIVLJANA, Serbia, 14 November 2017 – As you watch 8-year-old Aya Rekani playing with her friends among the fallen leaves, it’s difficult to imagine how different her life was just a year ago.

How a boy and inclusive education changed an entire community in Serbia
SUBOTICA, Serbia, 30 August 2017 – When Atila Komaromi was born 18 years ago, doctors feared for his life. His limbs were severely damaged, and his parents were told that his life was at stake.

Back to school: Afghan teenager in Serbia aims to fulfil her dreams
BELGRADE, Serbia, 15 August 2017 – “I sleep, you sleep, he sleeps... We sleep, you sleep, they sleep.” Shabnam, 13, slowly conjugates the verb in a language that until recently had been completely foreign and incomprehensible to her.

In Serbia, building confidence through music
NOVI SAD, Serbia, 15 July 2016 – Outside the Isidor Bajić music school, a cacophony of piano, wind and string drifts through the crisp spring air. Upstairs, at the end of a long corridor, Petra sits upright at the piano, perfectly balanced, her back like a board and her head facing straight in front of her. Her instructor, Ana, fixes her eyes on her pupil’s hands.

The long road to safety in Serbia
Serbia, 13 June 2016 – In a small town in Serbia, a teenage boy with a baseball cap paces the front yard of Petar and Petra Petrovic’s* family home. He is wearing headphones and quietly singing while listening to rap music.

Helping refugees and migrants weather the Balkan winter
SID, Serbia, 2 December 2015 – Chartered buses lined up at the Sid railway station unload their passengers on the Serbian side of the border with Croatia. As people queue for police to check their papers, it becomes apparent that some of the youngest among them are struggling in the cold, with temperatures only a few degrees above freezing. One boy, little more than an infant, sits on the ground wearing just one tatty shoe. His other foot is bare.

A photography workshop gives Roma and Serbian children a snapshot of diversity
PIROT, Serbia, 25 October 2013 – Branislav Jasarevic is kneeling down to the height of a group of young children dressed in worn-out clothes as they stand in the doorway of their small home. “The family has no conditions for proper living,” Branislav says. The deep dimples that usually light up his face vanish as he is clearly moved by what he sees. The home has no running water or electricity.

UNICEF Executive Board visits Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 30 April 2013 – They may have different ethnic backgrounds, and different abilities – but the children are playing and learning together.

Tennis champion Novak Djokovic visits kindergarten in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 20 September 2012 – Tennis champion and UNICEF Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited the Beneath the Linden Trees kindergarten in the village of Lesnica to raise awareness of the importance of investment in early childhood learning.

UNICEF Ambassador Novak Djokovic marks holiday season by supporting children
NEW YORK, USA, 21 December 2011 – World number-one ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic continues to serve up aces for children. The UNICEF National Ambassador to Serbia marked the holiday season by lending his voice and financial support for vulnerable children both in his native Serbia and around the world.

UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, Novak Djokovic, visits an inclusive kindergarten in Smederevo
SMEDEREVO, Serbia, 27 September 2011- UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, Novak Djokovic, recently paid a visit to a unique kindergarten or “Pcelica” in Smederevo, some 50 kilometres south east of the Serbian capital of Belgrade. An excellent example of an inclusive pre-school institution, the kindergarten is attended by the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in the Republic of Serbia, including children with developmental disorders and disabilities and those living in Roma settlements.

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic named UNICEF Serbia Ambassador
NEW YORK, USA, 30 August 2011 – The world’s top-ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic, is set to champion the cause of child rights. The tennis superstar was appointed as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia yesterday at a ceremony in New York, where he’s competing in the US Open and vying for his third Grand Slam title of the year.

In Serbia, early results of household survey show progress and disparities alike
BELGRADE, Serbia, 20 July 2011 – Preliminary results from UNICEF’s latest international household survey suggest visible progress on most indicators in Serbia, including women’s and children’s health, early childhood development and education.

Tennis star Ana Ivanovic meets with Serbian children to put an end to violence in schools
BELGRADE, Serbia, 14 November 2008 – UNICEF Serbia National Ambassador Ana Ivanovic today visited the '14 October' primary school in Baric, south-east of Belgrade.

Balkan teens produce short films on child health and environmental issues
BELGRADE, Serbia, 3 May 2007 – Twelve teenagers from all over the Balkans gathered here in the Serbian capital in April to produce short videos focusing on such topics as social exclusion, the plight of Roma children and the challenges of teen smoking and drinking.

A young Roma woman in Serbia overcomes poverty and discrimination
BELGRADE, Serbia, 21 November 2006 – Ljiljana Ilic, 28, is a Roma woman who has risen above the odds, conquering social, economic and cultural barriers to earn both a college and a graduate degree. But reaching her goal was far from easy.

Carl Lewis jump-starts ‘School without Violence’ campaign in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 10 May 2006 – Track-and-field legend and nine-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Carl Lewis joined UNICEF in Serbia during this year’s recent Belgrade Marathon to promote the country’s ‘School without Violence’ programme.

Protecting Roma children against preventable diseases
NEW YORK, 19 September 2005 – An unpaved road, gutted with potholes and strewn with debris, leads to the 37 Stadium Street settlement in Kraljevo (Serbia and Montenegro), home to 1,400 internally displaced persons, most of them Roma who fled Kosovo after the 1999 bombing.

Hoops of success for basketball game dedicated to children
BELGRADE, 11 July 2005 – One of Europe’s most popular basketball players - and a newly appointed UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador - Aleksandar Sasa Djordjevic joined UNICEF Serbia and Montenegro for a high-profile fundraising basketball game.




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