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2015

UNICEF and the GEM-BEM: Continuing to make a positive difference
9 December 2015 - Since its launch by UNICEF in South Africa in 2003 the Girl Empowerment Movement – Boy Empowerment Movement (GEM/BEM) programme has grown with hundreds of so-called ‘gemmers and bemmers’ countrywide today.

26 New HIV/AIDS infections amongst adolescents every hour in Africa- UNICEF ‘Children & AIDS’ Report
1 December 2015 - Despite strident efforts to curtail the effects of HIV/AIDS, since 2000 the rate of African youth dying from AIDS related diseases has tripled.

UNICEF and 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children
25 November 2015 - South Africa will along with the rest of the world observe 16 Days of activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children from November 25th to the 10th of December. The theme this year is epitomised through Count me in.

Learning about child soldiers
25 November 2015 - As part of preparations for an upcoming Model United Nations Debate (MUN), Rodean High School invited UNICEF to address 90 learners on the issue of ‘child soldiers.’

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate Tshedi Mholo celebrates 20 years in music
21 November 2015 - Using the milestone of twenty years in the music business, UNICEF Celebrity Advocate Tshedi Mholo spoke passionately about her work with the organisation.

Universal Children’s Day
20 November 2015 - By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

Promoting Physical Education in schools: A joint effort by UNICEF and partners
19-20 November 2015 - It is increasingly acknowledged that the health of school-going learners is enhanced by effective physical education programmes.

Isibindi - Caring for the most vulnerable
18 November 2015 - Every day in South Africa, hundreds of trained Isibindi Child and Youth Care workers serve the most vulnerable children and families in their communities. The name “Isibindi” means courage in IsiZulu.

Kwa-Zulu-Natal learners attend screening of “He Named Me Malala”
7 November 2015 - UNICEF was pleased to bring 140 learners from rural and peri-urban schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) to a viewing of the acclaimed documentary, “He Named Me Malala”.

"Let’s Play" celebrates 10 years
5 November 2015 - With more than 450 schools having competed in the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge, this has become arguably the biggest schools fitness initiative ever.

UNICEF South Africa hosts screening of “He named me Malala”
1 November 2015 - Even though she is only 18 years of age, the story of Malala Yousafzai is a remarkable one. Shot in the head for seeking an education for her and other girls in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, this remarkable young woman survived....

Clipper Race a Success
30 October 2015 - UNICEF South Africa in partnership with the Clipper Race hosted a one day sailing experience in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 28 October 2015.

UNICEF and Clipper Race partner up to make a safer world for children - For Every Child in Danger
28 October 2015 - UNICEF South Africa has partnered up with Clipper Race to host a sailing experience in Cape Town on Wednesday 27 October 2015.

Debating for a better future: UNICEF at the South African Model UN
16-19 October 2015 – This year marks twenty years since the first national Model United Nations debate for South African high schools (SAMUN) was held.

Children pledge to change poor hygiene habits at Global Handwashing Day event in Soweto
16 October 2015 - Children, teachers, government officials, private sector representatives and popular music groups all gathered in Soweto, at Faranani Primary School, on Thursday 15th October to celebrate Global Hand Washing Day.

UNICEF raises a hand for hygiene
15 October 2015 – Today, millions of people are celebrating Global Hand Washing Day. The Day is a campaign to motivate and mobilize people to wash their hands with soap. The 2015 theme for the day is “Raise a Hand for Hygiene”.

UNICEF SA joins youth on fight against violence
20 September 2015 - The level of crime and violence in many parts of South Africa remains high and continues to affect the children in these communities.

Addressing violence against women and children
15 – 16 September 2015 - UNICEF South Africa, in partnership with the UN Population Fund, UKAid and Save the Children held a symposium in Cape Town on how to address violence against women and children.

Teaching with technology: UNICEF, DBE and Microsoft working together
15 – 18 September 2015: UNICEF played an instrumental role in securing a partnership between Microsoft South Africa and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to deliver the Teaching with Technology Course, at the Microsoft premises.

UNICEF and UNFPA tackle Gender Based Violence
16 September 2015 - UNICEF and UNFPA on behalf of the Gender Based Violence Area of Responsibility along with an advisory board launched the Revised Guidelines for Integrating Gender Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action this week.

Sports For Development: UNICEF and the eKasi Cricket Cup Challenge
9 September 2015 - The third edition of the Momentum eKasi Cup Challenge saw hosts the Unlimited Titans play against their Gauteng rivals, the Bizhub Highveld Lions, at the Mamelodi Cricket Oval.

Innovation in Education : UNICEF wins Award
25 August 2015 - At the 2015 African Eduweek Awards ceremony held in Durban in July, UNICEF, the Department of Basic Education and the Reach Trust won the Supplier of the Year, Innovation Product Award for its partnership on the Ukufunda Virtual School.

Role-playing global leadership: Model United Nations in the Northern Cape
15 August 2015 - The past few months of 2015 has seen thousands of migrants, including children, undertaking perilous journeys, largely from Africa to Europe, in order to escape conflict and poverty.

Media advisory: Entries open for SA Early Childhood Development Awards
7 August 2015 - The annual South African Early Childhood Awards entries will open on 11 August 2015 to all practitioners, centres, organisations who wish to enter themselves or nominate others.

UNICEF and Unilever partner for healthy schools
5 August 2015 - The health, sanitation and well-being of learners at schools is a key priority of UNICEF, both nationally and globally. In an environment of poor sanitation facilities in schools, children are unable to fulfil their educational potential.

Empowering young men in South Africa
31 July 2015 - Simpimwe has been working as a child care worker for the past five years. He is from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and he cares passionately about supporting his community.

UNICEF receives award from Children’s Radio Foundation
16 July 2015 - The Children’s Radio Foundation hosted the third annual Youth Radio Awards. The Youth Radio Awards recognises the effort, passion and determination of the Young Reporters Network.

UNICEF supports Farm School Camp
27 June 2015 - In preparation for the 2015 South African schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) National Championships, UNICEF organised a learning camp for 95 learners and educators from farm schools in rural communities throughout the country.

Video: Father's Day Message from Goodwill Ambassador Femi Kuti
17 June 2015 - Femi Kuti, musician, legend and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, encourages men on Father’s Day to be positive role models of health for their children, especially when it comes to talking about HIV prevention, testing and stigma.

Video: UNICEF South Africa's Child Protection programme
7 June 2015 - Many families in South Africa face severe challenges in protecting and caring for their children. Watch this interview by SABC with Patrizia Benvenuti, UNICEF South Africa's Chief of Child Protection.

Newsnote: Creating a sustainable future: UNICEF Representative joins Panel Discussion
4 June 2015: This year, 2015, will see the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will shape the world we wish to have. The United Nations Foundation hosted a Discussion titled “New Vision, New Voices and Social Good.”

UNICEF Sweden makes fundraising film with singer Carola in South Africa
June 2015 - Popular Swedish singer, Carola Häggkvist, popularly known as “Carola” paid a visit to South Africa in early April as part of her work supporting children around the world.

Sexual health and education for children: UNICEF convenes Roundtable Discussion
27 May 2015 - Issues around children and sexuality are often contentious with strong views on all sides. On the 5th of May 2015, the Department of Basic Education introduced its Draft National Policy on HIV, STIs and TB for public comment.

Joint Media Statement by UNICEF and partners in support of the Department of Basic Education making available sexual and reproductive health services in schools
27 May 2015 - UNICEF South Africa and our partners welcome and support the Department of Basic Education’s Draft National Policy on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and TB released on 5 May 2015 for public comment.

UNICEF commemorates Africa Day at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy
22 May 2015 - “Africa Day reminds us that we are one continent and one people” was the clarion call of learners of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy as they welcomed UNICEF South Africa Chief of Education, Nadi Albino,.

UNICEF South Africa staff show their solidarity with fallen colleagues in Somalia
April 2015 - The tragic loss of four UNICEF staff members in Somalia has once again brought home the reality of the dangers faced by humanitarian workers in the line of duty.

UNICEF joins the 67 Blankets for Mandela Challenge
22 April 2015 - The UNICEF South Africa office took up the challenge in February this year to knit blankets as a part of the 67 Blankets for Mandela Challenge.

High school students celebrate ‘being human’
17 April 2015 - With parts of South Africa being affected by xenophobic violence in mid-April, it was timely that King David High in Johannesburg invited UNICEF to address their school assembly on the topic: “Children’s rights are human rights"

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka honoured
31 March 2015 - In recognition of her 10 year anniversary working on humanitarian issues with the UN as Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador and as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for East & Southern Africa, renowned singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka was honored.

 

 

 

 

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