04 March 2022

Conference: The Interplay Between Child Wellbeing and Academic Attainment

The development of social and emotional skills in children begins at an early age and is crucial to their achievement later in life.  Do you want to gain insights on the importance of child wellbeing and its relation to academic attainment? Interesting discussions and speeches related to this topic will be part of the Conference “The interplay…, Day 1 | Wednesday, 9 March, Opening session , Opening remarks: Dimitar Kovachevski, Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Rachel Galloway, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of North Macedonia Patrizia DiGiovanni, UNICEF Representative in the Republic of North Macedonia Formal address: Jovanka Trenchevska, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of North…, Day 2 |  Thursday, 10 March, Join us on the second day of the conference to hear more about the ways in which the education system can foster innovation, competition and advancement while nurturing solidarity, wellbeing, and holistic development., Opening session , Opening remarks - Jeton Shaqiri, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of North Macedonia Block 3 | 11:00 - 12:40 Keynote speech - Educating children in the digital age, delivered by Francesca Gottschalk, OECD Analyst in the 21st Century Children Project Panel discussion: Balancing between the rising importance of technology and…, Keynote speakers, The two-day conference will bring together education experts, thought leaders and advocates from the region and beyond to share experiences and evidence on the latest developments in social emotional learning in early childhood and the rising importance of technology and digital skills and how they relate to overall student wellbeing and mental…, Conference pack, Download the conference materials, including presentations and useful resources. , Resources for children and parents, Social media, Follow UNICEF MK social media channels on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram and share your views on the topics of the conference with the hashtags #Ready2Learn #BeWellLearnWell  The #COVID19 pandemic and now the crisis in Ukraine have shown us that we live in a world of constant change and uncertainties. These moments also show us how fragile…
23 June 2021

How to discipline your child the smart and healthy way

There comes a time when every parent struggles with how best to discipline their child. Whether dealing with a screaming toddler or an angry teen, it can be hard to control your temper. No parent wants to find themselves in such a situation and the bottom line is that shouting and physical violence never help. Thankfully, there are other, more…, Why positive discipline?, “Parents don't want to shout or hit their kids. We do it because we're stressed and don't see another way,” says Professor Cluver. The evidence is clear: shouting and hitting simply do not work and can do more harm than good in the long run. Repeated shouting and hitting can even adversely impact a child’s entire life. The continued “toxic stress…, Engaging with younger children, One-on-one time can be fun – and it’s completely free! “You can copy their expressions, bang spoons against pots, or sing together,” adds Professor Cluver. “There’s amazing research showing that playing with your children boosts their brain development.”, Engaging with older children, Like younger children, teenagers seek praise and want to be thought of as good. One-on-one time is still important to them. “They love it if you dance around the room with them or engage in a conversation about their favourite singer,” says Professor Cluver. “They may not always show it, but they do. And, it's an effective way of building a…, Advice for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic , The pandemic has brought about sudden and drastic changes in the lives of families with parents directly in the middle of it. Here are some tips that can help parents get through these and any other stressful times: 1. Pause We all know the stress when we feel our child is being difficult. At moments like these, being present and stepping back is…