Efforts to prevent grave violations against boys and girls affected by conflict must go hand in hand with our work to protect them, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict said as she presented her annual report to the UN General Assembly.
Insurgency has destroyed not just schools but education for children in the north east. Judith Giwa-Amu, education officer at United Nations Children’s Fund in Nigeria, says education is just what children need to heal. But providing education in emergencies doesn’t come easy.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2427 on July 9, during the Council’s annual Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAC), held under the presidency of Sweden. The debate followed publication of the Secretary-General’s 2018 annual report on CAC, published on June 27, which documented a 35 percent increase in grave violations in 2017, as compared with the previous year. Following the adoption, the Council was briefed by Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Ms. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and Ms. Yenny Londoño, a civil society speaker representing a Group of Youth Advisers in Colombia. Ninety-one state delegations, representing approximately 116 countries, delivered statements during the Open Debate, which was overall positive in tone.
A new study by the Global Initiative on Out of School Children South Sudan Country estimates that up to 2.4 million children are not attending school in South Sudan.
U.K. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced his government’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration today, at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The U.K. is the 74th country to endorse the Declaration, joining two-thirds of Council of Europe and three-quarters of European Union members in committing to protect education in armed conflict.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict expressed her satisfaction at the progress made in the implementation of the Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict signed in March 2016 by the Government of Sudan, but noted that more needs to be done to ensure that all children in Sudan are and continue to be protected from violence.
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The school in Maminzo village has four classrooms. There are rows of desks and chairs, even a two-metre high boundary wall to protect it from the militancy that once dominated this part of remote northern Pakistan. But there are no children, no teachers.
KASAI – Le territoire de Kamiji, situé dans la Province du Lomami, a été le terrain d’affrontements entre les forces de l’ordre et les miliciens de Kamuina Nsapu. Ces violences ont obligé des populations entières à se cacher dans la brousse, loin des services de base. Durant des mois, les enfants n’ont pas pu poursuivre leur scolarité.
” os serviços provinciais do Instituto Nacional da Criança (INAC) procederam sexta-feira, no Sumbe, a um ciclo formativo dirigido aos referidos agentes, no âmbito do projecto denominado “Iniciativas locais em Angola”.
O chefe dos serviços provinciais do INAC, David Domingos, disse que a acção formativa visou fortalecer o diálogo na rede, através da interacção entre as instituições para a inclusão e participação cada vez mais activa dos cidadãos, por forma a contribuírem para o desenvolvimento social, além da problemática da criança.”
“Em Moçambique, 52% da população são crianças ou seja, mais de 12 milhões. Talvez vale a pena recordar alguns indicadores que nos preocupam: apesar das conquistas e sucessos alcançados ao longo dos últimos anos, em Moçambique, ainda há necessidade de se empreender esforços para aumentar os níveis de apoio às áreas sociais que irão permitir uma melhoria significativa para a sobrevivência e o desenvolvimento integral da criança, especialmente, o desenvolvimento integral da criança na pré-infância.”
“Como ajuda adicional ao apelo feito pelo Governo angolano, o [UNICEF] tem fornecido às autoridades da Lunda Norte materiais para apoiar as famílias acolhidas nos dois centros. Neste apoio estão incluídos materiais de tratamento e purificação de água, ‘kits’ de reintegração familiar, educacionais e de recreação, medicamentos contra a malária e doenças diarreicas, tendas, cobertores, bem como cartazes e folhetos de prevenção de doenças.”
Days before the third anniversary of the Chibok girls abductions, a report has revealed an alarming rise in the number of children being used to carry out bomb attacks for the militant group.
The Second International Conference on Safe Schools opening in Buenos Aires today will contribute to better safeguarding education in war-zones, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The two-day conference, hosted by Argentina’s Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, brings together state, international organization, and civil society representatives from around the world to discuss how to implement the Safe Schools Declaration.
A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.
Across the Lake Chad Basin, 17 million people are affected by the conflict, and over 2.6 million – of which 1.5 million are children – have fled their homes in search of safety and protection. Hunger and malnutrition remain at critical levels with 7.1 million people severely food insecure – 5.1 million of them in Nigeria alone. In Borno State in northeast Nigeria, at least 400,000 people could currently be experiencing famine- like conditions.
Give children and youth a passport to their future. 3 245 000 children are in need of emergency education in the region. Although schools, teachers and students have been deliberately targeted in this conflict, the education sector is heavily underfunded. This has to change.