17 June 2019

Positive parenting plants the seeds for a healthy future

Viqueque, Timor-Leste – High up in Timor-Leste’s rugged mountains, Marcos da Silva is paving the way for a new, positive-parenting paradigm in his community.  At 52, Marcos is a well-respected leader and is looked up to by many. These qualities led to him being chosen to train as a facilitator for UNICEF’s Parenting Programme in 2017. The holistic…, Supporting parents in their most important role , For many parents in Suco Uabubo, the programme’s positive discipline techniques are a new and welcome alternative to traditionally violent methods.  “If a child is being naughty, and they enjoy playing a game on your phone, you can tell them that if they keep being naughty, they won’t be able to play the game or watch cartoons on television. That’…, Leading by example , With two young grandchildren at home, Marcos is taking the skills he’s learnt during his training back into his community, facilitating education sessions and role modelling his newly acquired skillset. He strives to be a good example.   “I practice the things I have learnt at home. It makes me feel good,” Marcos says. “For example, if a child is…, Passing down positive skills , Marcos’ daughter-in-law, Nivia Carla, 21, was pregnant with her first child when she and her husband joined the first parenting education session held in Wabubu in 2017. Their second child was born just three weeks ago. In remote districts such as this one, traditional home births are still common place, due to long the distances to health…, Building healthy future generations , Supporting parents to understand how a loving and nurturing environment can lead to the healthy growth and development of their children is a key part of the programme. This includes helping parents to understand the impact that malnutrition and violence can have on the development of young brains.  “If you shout at children, they can become…
21 June 2018

Social Inclusion

Challenge, Tackling child poverty to ensure all children have equitable access to social protection and basic services. Since restoration of independence, Timor-Leste has rebuilt systems and processes to make sound, informed decisions for the benefit of Timorese society. While progress has been made, significant challenges remain.   Inconsistent data…, Why we need to make a change:, • Data for evidence-based decision-making is still lacking, despite recent improvements, and few formal mechanisms for protecting children exist. • Almost half of Timor-Leste’s population is under the age of 18.  • One in five young Timorese people aren’t employed or at school.  • 29 percent of women aged 15 to 19 years have reported experiencing…, Resources, Solution, UNICEF supports the Government of Timor-Leste in strengthening its data and knowledge-generation activities to promote inclusive, evidence-based public policies and fair resource-allocation. Relevant, timely and disaggregated data are helpful in decision-making in rural municipalities, where some of Timor-Leste’s most disadvantaged and disengaged…, Evidence and knowledge generation, UNICEF has supported the Government of Timor-Leste to implement a range of surveys, including the 2013 Regional Early Childhood Development Scale Survey, the first holistic study of children’s welfare in Timor-Leste. UNICEF also supports various government departments in strengthening existing sectoral data management systems, which remains a key…, Situational analysis and advocacy, UNICEF supported the development of platforms improved the government’s ability to make evidence-based decisions by making data more widely and visibly available.  In 2014, UNICEF supported the General Directorate of Statistics to conduct an analysis of children in Timor-Leste, which offers solid evidence to support the Timor-Leste National…, Child rights advocacy, UNICEF works with policy makers, civil society members and the general public, using media platforms to raise awareness and encourage informed decision-making on issues related to child development, protection and care.   UNICEF supported the development and official launch of a National Action Plan for Children in Timor-Leste (2016-2020) based on…, Adolescent participation and development, UNICEF contributes to creating an enabling environment to realise children’s rights in Timor-Leste through advocacy and generating evidence-based knowledge. In partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste we are using media platforms to raise awareness and encourage informed decision-making on issues related to child development, protection and…