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Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's Op-Ed on the UNICEF Model for Protecting Children

Carolyn Davis is a member of The Inquirer Editorial Board

My "All Join Hands" columns have taken two tracks. One is to improve the protection of children in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties from violence, be it from a finger on a trigger or the hand of an adult. The second runs through the African nation of Uganda. Thousands of children in the north there have been abducted and forced into being soldiers or slaves in a civil war.

You've heard of UNICEF, the United Nations' agency for children. I trick-or-treated for it as a kid and worked for it as an adult in 1998 on a child-rights protection program in Rwanda.

But it only was recently that I learned of a UNICEF model called "the protective environment." It envisions a safety net of interconnected elements that "protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse."

This model is used in poor countries where children face not only slavery and soldiery, but also disease, prostitution and other forms of child labor.

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's full article on the UNICEF model for protecting children.




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