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Learning for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Nicolas Meulders A year ago, violent conflict between ethnic groups in Jeannette’s community forced her to flee her village. Today, she is an active member in her school peace committee. By performing in plays and organizing other awareness-raising activities, Jeannette is using school to help build bridges between discordant groups in her community. “My […]

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New fund launches to address global education crisis

Education Cannot Wait aims to provide 13.6 million children and youth in emergencies and protracted crises with quality education over the next five years ISTANBUL/HONG KONG, 23 May 2016 – Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies […]

On 14 April, Abba Kaka Sani (centre, standing) teaches class in a temporary learning space in the Dar es Salam camp in the Baga Sola area, in the Lake Region. More than 4,900 Nigerian refugees currently sheltering in the camp, where UNICEF has set up 16 temporary learning spaces and has provided teaching materials and school supplies, as well as other educational support for children.

By mid-April 2015, more than 18,800 Nigerians had sought refuge in Chad to escape the continuing crisis in their homeland. Many of them had travelled for days, on foot or in small canoes and fishing boats across Lake Chad, to reach safety. All continue to face hardships, with children at increasing risk of falling ill from disease. There is also a risk of continued violence because of the close proximity to Nigeria’s border. The large number of refugees is also straining already weak infrastructure and services in host communities overwhelmed by the influx. Working with the Government of Chad and other partners, UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, child protection and other interventions, including the setup of child-friendly spaces to provide psychosocial support for vulnerable children – many of whom have lost or become separated from family members and have witnessed violence and atrocities. UNICEF is seeking US $63.1 million to meet projected emergency needs in the country for 2015, including for refugee and displaced children and their families, and host communities.

Investing today for tomorrow’s benefit

Going to work today I couldn’t help notice the normality of the scene. Parents rushing to get their children to school before the gates close. Yellow buses pulling up with older pupils, most of them excitedly, some a little more reluctantly, heaving their school bags down the stairs. Commuters scurrying into the warren of New York’s subway system, others darting through congested traffic on bikes, or in cars listening to the morning news.

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My journey with UNICEF: How I became a humanitarian worker

It would be false to say I didn’t always wish to join the UN system. Growing up in Siraha, in the southern plains of Nepal, I had always longed to travel through the rolling hills and mountains serving my country. The opportunity was presented just after I completed my bachelor’s degree. Following a series of written exams and interviews, I got the opportunity to be part of the UN system in Nepal as a communication trainee at UNICEF.