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Media advisory

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to visit Kenya and Senegal

Focuses on end to school fees in Kenya, Birth Registration in Senegal

Who: UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador & Entertainer Harry Belafonte on his 11th visit to the field for UNICEF

Where: Kenya:Sunday, February 15 to Friday, February 20
A press conference is scheduled to take place in Nairobi on Wednesday, February 18, at the Intercontinental Hotel at 2:30 p.m.

Senegal: Friday, February 20 to Thursday, February 26
Two press conferences are scheduled:

  • Monday, 23 February in Dakar at the Teranga Hotel at 2 p.m, on Birth Registration: The Right Start in Life. 
  • Wednesday, 25 February in Dakar at 2 p.m. To be confirmed

What:  Field visits for Harry Belafonte for a limited number of media are planned.  In Kenya, Harry will assess progress in education one year after the Kenya government eliminated primary school fees. He will visit a Nairobi primary school and meet with government and business leaders to discuss the achievements since school fees were abolished and highlight the challenges that remain, particularly the schooling and care of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the need to get more girls enrolled in school.

On Friday, February 20, Harry will travel to Senegal for a one-week visit during which he will attend a regional conference on birth registration and stress the importance of this issue for protecting the rights of children.

Attention Broadcasters:  B-roll on the trips will be available from Reuters TV.  UNICEF b-roll on Harry Belafonte’s 17 year long career as a UNICEF spokesman and advocate for children for UNICEF is available.  Please order on:  https://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/media_15888.html

For further information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Kenya:  Denise Shepherd-Johnson
Tel: 254 20 622977 Cell: (254) 722 719867

Senegal:  Margherita Amodeo
Tel. +221 869 5842 Cell: +221 569 19 26

New York: Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, New York,
(212) 326-7452

Traveling with Harry:  Oliver Phillips, Tel: 646-338-8720




Goodwill ambassadors

Harry Belafonte is known worldwide for his accomplishments as a recording artist and concert singer, as an actor and a producer, and for his commitment to human rights. He was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 4 March l987.

About Harry Belafonte

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