27輛無人校車在曼克頓街頭遊行 呼籲關注衝突地區2,700萬名失學兒童

 

27輛無人校車在曼克頓街頭遊行 呼籲關注衝突地區2,700萬名失學兒童

On 17 September 2017, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan stands for a portrait near a bus in the convoy of 27 empty school buses travels through the streets of Manhattan to shine a spotlight on the 27 million out-of-school children living in conflict zones. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan – who was forced to give up her education as their family fled unspeakable violence in Syria in 2013 – came together ahead of the United Nations General Assembly to call on world leaders to prioritize education for every child uprooted by war, violence and poverty. The buses travelled from Brooklyn through lower Manhattan to Times Square carrying powerful messages including “School zones shouldn’t be war zones”; “Tonight’s homework shouldn’t include hiding,” and “Avoiding landmines shouldn’t be an extracurricular activity.”  A staggering 27 million children aged between 6 and 15 years old are currently being denied their right to education due to conflicts not of their making.  Funding shortfalls for education in emergencies are affecting children’s access to school in conflict and natural disasters. Six-months into 2017, UNICEF had only received 12 per cent of the funding required to provide education for children caught up in crises.  UNICEF partnered with creative agency KBS and media and production partner PCI to create the live experience in New York City coinciding with the annual UN General Assembly.

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2017年9月17日,聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)國際親善大使穆宗(Muzoon Almellehan)站在無人校車旁。27輛無人校車在曼克頓街頭遊行,呼籲關注衝突地區2,700萬名失學兒童。

UNICEF呼籲全球領導人優先處理緊急教育危機。

紐約/香港,2017年9月17日─27輛無人校車,連同教育倡議者和UNICEF親善大使穆宗在曼克頓街頭遊行,呼籲關注衝突地區2,700萬名失學兒童。

UNICEF和19歲穆宗在聯合國大會前呼籲全球領導人優先處理教育危機,支援受戰爭、暴力、貧困影響的兒童。2013年,穆宗與家人在敘利亞遭受難以形容的暴力事件,被逼放棄學業。

穆宗說:「衝突可奪走家人、朋友、日常生活、家園、國家。但只要讓孩子讀書,任何衝突也不能奪走這些東西。」她在約旦紮達爾難民營繼續接受教育,現在已在英國安置下來。「教育永遠都不是可有可無的權利,特別是在危機中。缺乏教育,我們如何令孩子快樂成長?我們必須繼續努力,直到看到所有孩子都能上學的世界。」

校車帶呼籲信息從布魯克林穿過曼哈頓下城到達時代廣場,包括「學校區不應是戰區」;「不應逃避今晚的功課」;「躲避地雷不是課外活動」。

目前,2,700萬名6至15歲兒童因衝突失學。

緊急情況下,教育資金短缺,奪去身處衝突和自然災害中兒童上學的機會。2017年首6個月,UNICEF僅為危機中兒童提供教育籌得所需資金12%。

UNICEF與創意公司KBS和媒體與創作伙伴PCI公司合作,在紐約舉行聯合國年度大會現場體驗。

KBS首席文化官Patrick Scissons表示:「27輛無人校車是引人注目的比喻,反映因衝突和貧困而無法接受教育的2,700萬名兒童。我們需要打破傳統文化,就這個重要議題談話。」