To celebrate the 25th birthday of the Convention on the Rights of the Child we asked students from Eastern Hutt School why sport and play are important.
They responded with colourful artwork and expressive messages. See them below:
Clockwise from top left: Avneet Kaur, 7 - “I like playing tennis because I like going outside.”
Thomas Davis, 7 - “I like tennis because it is fun and I play Christine my next door neighbour and it’s not too hard.”
Zarija Lala, 6 - I love hockey because I always get every single goal and I play in a super team.
Sriraj, 6 - “I like playing Lego with my dad because it’s giant and fun.”
By Hamish Lindsay, UNICEF New Zealand Programme Manager
Wandering around Tacloban, one of the areas worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) last November, there are not that many signs left of the severity of the typhoon, the biggest storm ever to hit land, until you come across the boats at Anibong. They loom up out of nowhere, huge, immobile and landlocked, one has its bough right at the roadside, as if sailing inland it was stopped by the tar sealed road. This really brings home the sheer force of the typhoon and the storm surge, more like a 5m tsunami, which brought these large boats inland and caused mass devastation in the coastal areas. I just stand and stare at the boats for a while.
APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH AMBASSADORS OPEN NOW!
Are you an amazing young leader who is passionate about the rights of children and wants to take action to improve the lives of children around the world?
The Youth Ambassadors’ role is to inform young people about children’s rights, empower others to take action for children, and run their own events in support of UNICEF’s campaigns and projects. During 2015 – 2016, Ambassadors will work together and as individuals, with UNICEF NZ staff to:
- Write guest blogs
- Contribute to the UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassadors Facebook page
- Give presentations in schools and to other groups
- Appear in media
- Support our campaigns and projects
- Run their own activities
By Kristoffer Gandrup-Marino, Chief of Innovation at UNICEF’s Supply Division
Pneumonia is the world’s number one cause of preventable death among children under five years old. Every year, pneumonia kills nearly one million children – more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. What makes this number of pneumonia deaths so unfathomable is that its cure is well-known, inexpensive and widely available.
Amoxicillin has long been held as a basic, effective antibiotic treatment for bacterial pneumonia, believed to account for 80 per cent of pneumonia deaths among children. Even if children live in places where there is no doctor or clinic, amoxicillin can be obtained through a community health worker. If amoxicillin can cure bacterial pneumonia, why does pneumonia continue to claim so many young lives?
Zakir from Bangladesh was diagnosed with pneumonia shortly after birth. He received treatment at a Special Care Newborn Unit (SCANU) which aims to reduce the deaths arising from newborn complications.
By Dr Peter Salama, UNICEF Ebola Global Emergency Coordinator
It’s been more than six months since the Ebola outbreak was confirmed, and it’s time to take stock. Having just visited the three most-affected countries, I saw Ebola’s effects. Visiting Port Lokko, a two-hour drive from Freetown, Sierra Leone, I was struck by something I had not seen before – visible fear in the eyes of health workers, those who we usually rely on for calm reassurance in times of crisis. I guess it is not surprising considering so many of their colleagues have died in the outbreak.
Clearly, the outbreak of Ebola is an unprecedented event, unique in both scale and complexity. For the three countries hardest hit – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – it has created a crisis of existential significance. Their very survival depends on Ebola’s end.
In Liberia, adolescent girls trained by UNICEF and partners are part of Adolescents Leading the Intensive Fight against Ebola, or A-LIFE. Equipped with awareness materials, these girls go door-to-door to educate their parents, family members and friends about Ebola and how it can be prevented.