03 June 2024

Ukrainian children revive love for learning through libraries

A new project run by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is utilising the transformative power of libraries to help children learn and play in western Ukraine, amid an ongoing war that has left scores struggling to access education. The Library Nanny project has been running for more than six months in nine libraries across the Lvivska…, “I learned the importance of communicating”, Halyna was invited to join the project by a fellow librarian in the neighbouring town of Khodoriv, and she accepted the offer without hesitation. Now, the library is full of children from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., while adult book lovers can visit in the afternoon. "I had no experience working with children. The UNICEF courses [held in the city of…, “My son became more relaxed”, Both local children and those from neighbouring villages visit the library for lessons. Halyna brings her four-year-old son Artem from the nearby village of Bukovyna.  “After the war escalated, all his friends and their families went abroad, and he was left alone. That's why we've been looking forward to the opening of this place and attend…, “I’ve learned to write here”, Every day, the older children gather around a round table to practice their spelling, including six-year-old Daria.  "I already know some letters and can write. Here, we draw and build with Lego. Right now, I'm making a home for a rabbit.” Daryna, 6 Daryna, 6 UNICEF "I enjoy playing with my friends in the pool with colored balls. I've learned to…
08 May 2024

Gender competency

UNICEF’s Gender Policy (2021-2030), Gender Action Plan (2022-2025), and Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action emphasize UNICEF’s commitment to promoting gender equality around the world and recognize the integral role that frontline workers play in transforming harmful gender roles and practices.Frontline workers that provide essential services to the affected population need to possess a unique set of skills and competencies to navigate the complexities and demands of diverse populations in humanitarian action. Gender competency has proven to be essential for setting up and running response services for survivors, prioritizing women and girls’ needs and voices, as well as bringing a sustainable transformative change for the affected population. Gender competency requires the application of appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in daily work and interactions to communicate and treat people equitably and produce more equal agency and decision-making for women, men, girls, and boys, regardless of age, relationship status, or other factors.UNICEF in Ukraine, together with the Gender Culture Center, developed a package of materials on role-specific gender competency for different categories of frontline workers to support developing of their knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful professional activity that promote gender equality. Author: UNICEFPublication date: January 2024Language: Ukrainian