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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lilly Singh visits South Africa to meet students affected by violence in school

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Lilly Singh, travelled to South Africa this week to meet children who are speaking out on classroom violence and bullying, as part of UNICEF’s work to end violence in schools.

During her visit, Singh, who is also known by her digital alias IISuperwomanII, led a discussion with a group of students aged 13 to 19 from across Johannesburg, to hear their personal stories of violence and what they need to feel safe in and around school.

UNICEF believes in the power of dance

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“This is my Safe Park and I feel safe,” is the enthusiastic shout of children as they energetically dance to the sounds of popular South African music at the Soweto Safe Park.

What makes this session unusual is that the children are being joined in dance by Vandana Hart, the creator and host of the Netflix Series “We Speak Dance” who is herself an acclaimed dancer and a social activist who has worked with several UN agencies over many years.

South African Child Gauge 2017

South African Child Gauge 2017

The South African Child Gauge 2017 explores what the country’s children need to not only survive but also to thrive. Since 1994, child poverty has decreased and children’s survival and access to basic services has improved. But these changes are not enough to unlock the full potential of all children. Violence, poverty, hunger, and poor-quality education continue to compromise children’s development and life chances – with a negative impact on the country’s development.

The theme of the 2017 issue – “Survive, Thrive, Transform”– echoes the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children's and Adolescents' Health, which aims to end preventable deaths, ensure health and well-being, and expand enabling environments in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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