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Children ‘taking over’ business, media and entertainment on World Children’s Day

JOHANNESBURG, 20 November 2017 – On World Children’s Day – UNICEF South Africa unveiled an art installation alongside the Nelson Mandela Statue in Sandton City square.

The statue, which stands in front of Nelson Mandela, features a young girl called Hope. The girl is symbolic of every girl and every boy in South Africa and represents the power of children to shape the future. > Read more


A day at UNICEF South Africa

Pretoria, 31 August 2017 - After winning the Google Science Fair, Kiara Nirghin was placed on the Times Top 30 list of most influential teenagers of 2016. As a public speaker, she hopes to inspire other young people to pursue their passions and to be a role model in the science field. Kiara spent a morning with UNICEF and describes her experience here. > Read more

UNICEF supporting youth empowerment through sport

Nelspruit, 17 May 2017: 15-year old Boitumelo Khoza, a Grade 10 learner from Lambalati Secondary School, is a netball player as well as the Provincial President of the Girls and Boys Education Movement (GEM/BEM) club in Mpumalanga province. The GEM-BEM are school-based clubs run by learners with support from school management. > Read more    

Speaking out on positive change: An interview with Destiny Faye

August 2016 - Voices of Youth (VOY) is an online platform where young people discover various issues political and personal which affect their peers in different parts of the world through discussion forums and personal blogs. The website was founded in 1995 by UNICEF and has grown to include young writers from around the world. Faye Van Rooyen, a young writer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa is a regular contributor to VOY. Read more >>

Young leaders discuss the state of the world’s children

Johannesburg, 30 June 2016 - “African Development: Youth Voices on Agenda 2030” was the theme of this year’s Young Leaders Conference hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). It was thus fitting that UNICEF’s seminal State of the World’s Children Report 2016 (SOWC) was launched at this key gathering of young people.

In light of the matters under discussion, this Special Session on Children was addressed by the UNICEF Representative for South Africa, Herve de Lys, who highlighted some of the findings of the report and spoke about the work of UNICEF in assisting the development of children both in South Africa and globally. Read the full article >>


# ReplyForAll

We’ve all been there.
You’re searching online, or chatting with friends on WhatsApp, or scrolling through your Facebook feed, and come across something that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. Maybe, someone from school is being bullied and you don’t know what to do. Or maybe, someone’s messages go from friendly to threatening…

There are so many things to love about being connected…but the internet is also being misused and abused every day and young people are paying the price. #ReplyForAll is about making the internet a safer place for all of us. It’s about getting more informed, about being kinder, about being a little more careful about who we chat to and what we read. \It’s about supporting one another and working together to end violence online.

Visit the #ReplyForAll website to learn more and to get involved!


 Cyber bullying

Young South Africans explore the impact of cyber bullying and how to overcome incidents of online violence.


Voices of Youth

Voices of Youth offers inspiring, original insight and opinion from across the globe – from young people, for young people.

Did you ever ask yourself, where are all the young people who actually do give a damn? Well, they’re right here.

Countering disheartening headlines about today’s young generation, the Voices of Youth community proves that young people ARE making a difference, each and every day. But making a difference doesn’t have to be boring – we bring you fresh and honest views and stories, written and filmed by our unbeatable international youth bloggers.

Want to be part of our pool of youth bloggers? Do it! Anybody is welcome to write, film, comment and engage in discussions – let’s go!

Read the insightful posts by a young South African Blogger Destiny Faye VR on Voices of Youth. 



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