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A day at UNICEF South Africa
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.

UNICEF supporting youth empowerment through sport
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.

Cinemark announces SA’s Young Lions Competition Winners to experience Cannes Lions Festival
15 May 2017 - They had just 48 hours to complete the task, from brief to concept to shooting, editing and the final production of a 60 second commercial. But, for one creative team, those could just be the most important 48 hours in their young career!

UNICEF joins The Smurfs for the International Day of Happiness
23 March 2017 - For thousands of children in impoverished communities throughout South Africa, going to a cinema to watch a movie is a luxury that very few families can afford.

UNICEF opens the American International School Human Rights Fair
6 March 2017 – “All human rights are important, and children’s rights need to always be considered.” With these words, Sudeshan Reddy, Communication Specialist at UNICEF South Africa began the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Human Rights Fair.

Promoting the richness of a world with many languages
3 March: The right of children everywhere to speak their native language and to receive an education that respects their values, is an underlying premise of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Safe Parks: Providing sanctuary and support
August 2016 - It is a sad reality that children in many parts of the world face daily threats to their safety.

A day at UNICEF
August 2016 - Shane Bassin is a Grade 11 learner from Johannesburg with a bright simile, an infectious charisma, a helpful attitude, and commendable insight into the work which UNICEF does globally and in South Africa.

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.

Young leaders discuss the state of the world’s children
30 June 2016 - “African Development: Youth Voices on Agenda 2030” was the theme of this year’s Young Leaders Conference hosted by the SA Institute of International Affairs. UNICEF launched its SOWC 2016 report at this key gathering of young people.

Eighty per cent of 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of online sexual abuse – UNICEF/Ipsos global poll
7 June 2016 – Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the internet, a UNICEF study shows

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Australian netball players share skills with rising stars
16 October 2014 – Thirty local schoolgirls were given a unique opportunity in Potchefstroom on Thursday as the Australian Centre of Excellence squad took time out from the SPAR International Netball Series to participate in a coaching clinic.

Ukufunda Virtual School puts the power of basic education back into the hands of every learner, teacher and parent in South Africa
12 September 2014 - Learning and teaching will become even more exciting in public schools with the launch of an innovative tool that will support classroom activities.

Children becoming the change they want to see in the world
12 May 2014 - Tebogo felt a sense of despair as she looked around her community: some of her peers were falling pregnant and substance abuse was turning into a common occurrence, but then she discovered a community of her peers that felt passionate about

Children’s voices making “air”waves on community radio
February 2014 - Like many other children living in South Africa, Koketso grew up to the sound of the radio playing somewhere in the background. The voices emanating from the airwaves were as familiar as that of his family members’.

Young Reporters in South Africa giving a helping hand to spreading a lifesaving message
12 October 2013 - The voice on the radio is that of a teenage girl, but it speaks with authority as it challenges a male friend about his handwashing practices.

Young reporters honoured on National Youth Day at South Africa’s first ever Youth Radio Awards
17 June 2013 – Dozens of young reporters and their community radio stations across the country were honoured this weekend at the Youth Radio Awards ceremony, which was held on Sunday June 16, coinciding with National Youth Day.

Young leader inspires others towards enablement, despite her own disability
29 May 2013 - UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children Living with Disabilities’, will launch on 30 May, focusing attention on children living with disabilities.

GEM/BEM Sports Progamme giving future leaders a sporting chance
March 2013 - Sixteen-year-old Ntloso is smiling wholeheartedly as he jogs around a sports field at the break of dawn. Dozens of children and young people are gathered on the same field: running, stretching and talking excitedly.

Young reporters embracing the power of storytelling
February 2013 - Youth in South Africa face a number of challenges – such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV and high unemployment. Behind every one of these challenges, however, there are stories to be told, but not only from an adult perspective.

Award-winning youth drama Shuga: Love, Sex, Money to reach new audiences in radio format
27 June 2012 - Shuga: Love, Sex, Money will hit the airwaves today in its new radio format in six countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa and Tanzania.

Making the internet safer for South Africa’s children
1 June 2012 – UNICEF has joined Government, civil society, media companies and Google to launch the South African version of the Google Online Family Safety Centre.

Young South African set to run in London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
22 March 2012 - Moegamat Rogers from Hanover Park, Western Cape has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to run with the Olympic Torch as a result of his involvement in London 2012’s international sports legacy programme, International Inspiration.

Young people have their say on climate change
18 November 2011 - Children have the right to be heard on climate change and to be involved in the discussions and planning of mitigation and adaptation strategies, policies and plans. Hear the voices of a group of young people from KwaZulu-Natal...

Copenhagen Children's Climate Forum
Copenhagen, 4 December 2009 - Three South African youngsters were among the 164 gathered young people aged 14 to 17, gathered from all over the world, who have issued a Declaration in Copenhagen committing to personal changes in their own lives...

Media Kidocracy Konfrence 2007
5 to 10 December: Robben Island, Cape Town. Celebrating the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the international Children’s day of broadcasting.

United Nations Secretary General's study on Violence against Children: Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Children's Consultation
16 - 17 July 2005, Kopanong Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Buffalo City workshop for young people
25 April 2005 - workshop for young people on issues that affect them.

2 to 4 February 2005: Africa Unite Symposium
Artists, activists and young people celebrate Bob Marley's 60th birthday





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