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New film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights urgent need to end violence against children





A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever. During the new 60-second UNICEF film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on David Beckham’s body. While Beckham’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, millions of children bear marks they have not chosen: the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse.

Tiny Story Author Michelle Nkamankeng receives ‘Girl Child of Promise Award’ at Women in the Arts and UNICEF@70 Event

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During the Mbokodo (Women in the Arts) Awards, an event to recognise women who have shown leadership to strengthen the arts, on 8 December, UNICEF’s Tiny Story Author, 7 year-old Michelle Nkamankeng, received the ‘Girl Child of Promise’ Award. "I receive this award on behalf of all the children of South Africa. We, children, have beautiful stories to tell and thoughts to share. And we have a right to be heard! Together we can make the world a better place for children", said Michelle Nkamankeng.

National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy

National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy


Overwhelming scientific evidence attests to the tremendous importance of the early years for human development and to the need for investing resources to support and promote optimal child development from conception. Lack of opportunities and interventions, or poor quality interventions, during early childhood can significantly disadvantage young children and diminish their potential for success. This National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy is aimed at transforming early childhood development service delivery in South Africa, in particular to address critical gaps and to ensure the provision of a comprehensive, universally available and equitable early childhood development services.

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