UNICEF Volunteer from Kazakhstan spoke with a Famous British Actress for World Children’s Day

23 November 2020
WCD in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN, November 20, 2020 - In celebration of World Children’s Day, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan shared on Instagram a conversation between the famous British actress and model Millie Bobby Brown, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and 18-year-old Aibanu from Shubarshi village in the Aktobe region. The conversation between the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a Kazakh schoolgirl took place as part of the celebration of World Children's Day. During the week, celebrities who are UNICEF Global Ambassadors spoke with young people from around the world about issues that matter to them, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and education, and how they can rethink a better future.

Aibanu finishes the Nazarbayev Intellectual School. She actively participated in the UNICEF #ПайдасыБарКарантин volunteer programme during the quarantine in Kazakhstan. She told Millie Bobby Brown about her volunteer work and how she supported people during the quarantine, helping them cope with stress and panic, and informing them of reliable sources of information on COVID-19.

In addition to Aibanu, 17-year-old Emmanuel from Tanzania and 14-year-old Gitanjali from the United States of America also participated in the conversation. Issues of education, mental health, and technological innovation were discussed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hard-won gains to protect and advance children’s rights are being threatened.  The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared by 15 per cent to approximately 1.2 billion worldwide; at least 24 million children risk dropping out of school, and thousands of children could die every day if the pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services Restricted movement and school closures have also cut children off from teachers, friends and communities leaving them at increased risk of violence, abuse and exploitation.

16-year-old Millie Bobbie Brown became the youngest-ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2018. She is best known for her performance as the iconic "Eleven" in the Netflix series Stranger Things, for which she garnered international attention, critical praise and awards recognition for her performances in Season 1 and 2. Brown has received two individual Emmy Award nominations, as well as two individual Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, for her work in the series.

In May 2019, Brown made her feature film debut in Godzilla: King of Monsters. She also produces and stars in the franchise series The Mysteries of Enola Holmes, based on the popular Nancy Springer book series of the same name. She will star in the title role as the younger sister of famed Detective, Sherlock Holmes.

For more information, please contact:

Elvira Yausheva

Communications Specialist


Tel: +7 707 109 8553

Email: eyausheva@unicef.org


About UNICEF: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) protects the rights and well-being of every child in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Kazakhstan, visit www.unicef.org/kazakhstan. Follow UNICEF Kazakhstan on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Media contacts

Elvira Yausheva
Communication Specialist
Tel: +7 778 021 19 12
Assel Saduova
Communication Associate
UNICEF Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 (7172) 32-28-78 (144)
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