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English and Sri Lankan Cricket Teams Take Time Out for Disadvantaged Children in Colombo
Celebrating the Right to Play on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Colombo, Saturday, December 6, 2014: On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the English and Sri Lankan Cricket teams, coached some 40 children in R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on how to become cricket stars as part of raising awareness on the Right to Play.


Children’s Photography Exhibition Showcases what ‘Rights’ Mean for Sri Lankan Children
An Event to Mark the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Colombo, November 22, 2014: Canon Metropolitan, Rotaract Shutterbug and UNICEF concluded a three day photo exhibition today at Park Street Mews to celebrate the life, moments and rights of children across Sri Lanka.

The exhibition, which was inaugurated on November 20th to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, showcased what both adults and children across Sri Lanka thought were important in terms of key rights in children’s lives.


Sri Lanka Launches First Ever Parliamentary Caucus for Children as Parliamentarians pledge their commitment to children’s rights

Colombo, November 20, 2014: To mark the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), that was ratified by Sri Lanka in 1991, Sri Lankan Parliamentarians – from all political parties - launched the country’s first ever Parliamentary Caucus for Children at a historic event attended by a wide selection of parliamentarians, government officials, civil society members, media and the diplomatic corp.


Miriswatta Maha Viduhala wins First Ever Children’s Hackathon in Sri Lanka

October 30, 2014 - 25 teams of secondary school students from across Sri Lanka competed to become the UNICEF Innovation Champions of 2014 at the first ever Children’s Hackathon held in Sri Lanka last week. The event, which was a resounding success, was jointly organized by the Ministry of Education, Information, Communication and Technology Agency (ICTA), Microsoft, Google and UNICEF.

The student participants at this landmark event, brought with them, a number of ideas through which they wished to change the world, but the team from Miriswatta Maha Viduhala, a school from Bentota, Galle emerged the overall winners of the Hackathon.


Presidential Secretariat leads drive to transform all primary schools into ‘Child Friendly Schools’ by 2016 with Ministry of Education and UNICEF

Colombo 16th October’2014 – Today, the Presidential Secretariat, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, launched the Multi-Sector Action Plan to transform all primary schools into Child Friendly Schools (CFS) by 2016. The innovative plan involved, for the very first time, a collaborative effort of nine different ministries to address bottlenecks in quality primary education for all children in the country.

The multi-sector plan involves solutions to long-standing challenges in education ranging from; strengthening of school transportation systems through the Ministry of Transport; teacher awareness campaigns against corporal punishment in schools involving the Police; introduction of school gardens as part of a more activity-based curriculum through the Ministry of Agriculture; and regular medical examinations and health promotion initiatives through the Ministry of Health.
English, Sinhala


Celebrating All Rights for All Children in Sri Lanka-
A launch event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Colombo, September 16, 2014: At a star-studded event with cricket legend Mahela Jayawardene, singer Neela Wickramasinghe, actor Pramuditha Udayakumara, actress Pooja Umashankar and singers and accapella group Voice Print, UNICEF and its partners made a pledge to promote children’s rights as part of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) launch event at BMICH today.

This convention, adopted by world leaders 25 years ago, guarantees the basic rights of all children everywhere, including the right to survive and be healthy; a right to education, and protection from violence, abuse and neglect.



September 11, 2014; Colombo: At a Special Session on Children, organized by the Sri Lanka Model UN Association and UNICEF, over 700 students from across Sri Lanka attended an event yesterday, where their elected peers talked about issues that affect children in each of the country’s nine provinces.

“We are here today because children have a right to their rights; because they need protection,” said a delegate at the Conference, who represented Uva Province.


UNICEF Ensures Access to Safe Water for Sri Lanka’s Worst Affected Drought Areas

Colombo, September 2, 2014: UNICEF today announced that it had provided over Rs. 10 million in supplies to contribute to a national drought emergency response in Sri Lanka.

Over 1.8 million people (9 percent of the island’s population of 20 million) have been affected by this drought, which has hit 16 of the country’s 25 districts.



August 21, 2014; Kandy: In advance of a conference to be held tomorrow on Community Water Services, UNICEF commended the efforts of community water providers AND Government of Sri Lanka for recognizing their vital role.


Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Department and UNICEF Launch the Development of an Electronic Database to Speed up Justice for Children

Colombo, 12th August 2014 – The Ministry of Justice announced yesterday the development of a web-based tracking system for cases at the Attorney General’s Department, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the University of Colombo - School of Computing (UCSC).
The lack of an automated system has resulted in setbacks in the administration of justice and availability of statistics and qualitative data pertaining to children.
Speaking at the launch event, Minister of Justice Hon. Rauf Hakeem said that “the lack of case tracking systems has led to delays in the processing of cases, resulting in the secondary victimization of children who had already been subjected to abuse.”


“Children in Focus”: A photography competition to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC@25)

Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to its children through the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We promised that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights – to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).


‘Iron Deficiency a Leading Cause of Anemia’ say’s Ministry of Health & UNICEF.

COLOMBO, 29 May 2014 – The Ministry of Health has partnered with UNICEF to boost awareness on the importance of iron rich foods as a way to decrease the growing numbers of children and women affected by Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) in the country. Estimates indicate that 1 in 3 children, and 1 in 4 adults in Sri Lanka suffer from iron deficiency making it the most critical micronutrient related deficiency in the country.
English, Sinhala, Tamil


World Water Day: Time to Focus on Water Quality is Now, Says UNICEF

COLOMBO, 21 March 2014 – Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right, the key issue now, according to UNICEF is how can efforts be strengthened to ensure safe water for all Sri Lankans.
English, Sinhala, Tamil


UNICEF & ILO Joint Statement on Recent Reports of Children involved in
Commercial Sexual Exploitation

March 14, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: UNICEF and ILO are very concerned about recent factually incorrect reports in the media that state ‘there are over 40,000 child prostitutes in Sri Lanka, according to UNICEF and ILO statistics.” UNICEF and ILO have not conducted any research in the past decade on children involved in commercial sexual exploitation in Sri Lanka. Statistics from that studies older than 2003 cannot be used to offer a picture of children affected by commercial sexual exploitation today.



Australian Government and UNICEF Reconstruct New School Buildings for Children

More than one Billion Sri Lankan rupees invested in 23 schools in the North

Colombo 28 January 2014 – The Australian Government and UNICEF have inaugurated new buildings for children in four schools located in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. The restoration work was initiated as part of a more than one billion rupee partnership between Australian Government and UNICEF to help restore education facilities for 10,000 children in 23 schools in the North.




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