巴塞隆拿足球會與UNICEF加強合作 推廣體育運動及教育 惠及巴西、中國、加納及南非四國兒童

 

巴塞隆拿足球會與UNICEF加強合作 推廣體育運動及教育 惠及巴西、中國、加納及南非四國兒童

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巴塞隆拿/香港,2012年5月10日——聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)、巴塞隆拿足球會與巴塞基金會今天於傳奇球隊——巴塞隆拿的主場館上,共同承諾加強合作,透過推廣體育運動和教育,改善巴西、中國、加納及南非四國數以百萬計兒童的生活。

會場上,UNICEF執行主任安東尼.雷克聯同巴塞隆拿足球基金會副總裁雷蒙.杜邦(Ramon Pont)及巴塞球員馬克.巴爾特拉(Marc Bartra)與75名巴塞隆拿學童齊聚一堂,熱烈討論運動對兒童生活所起的關鍵作用。他們更一一解答在場學生就有關UNICEF、世界兒童狀況、足球以至巴塞與UNICEF的合作原因等的提問。

A boy tosses a football while other boys play behind him, in Oranjestad, the capital. A local retiree coaches the boys, who are from low-income families. One of the boys wears a shirt from the FC Barcelona football team that bears the UNICEF logo. In September 2011, Aruba continues working to protect the welfare of its children since gaining autonomy from the Netherlands in 1986. Nevertheless, Aruba, like its sister islands in the Caribbean Curacao and the Dutch portion of Sint Maarten remains part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, bound by its international treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). To assess the status of Arubas children, UNICEF was invited to undertake a situation analysis UNICEFs core methodology to define child welfare in a given country, reviewing childrens situation in the context of an array of social, economic, political, institutional and historic factors. The aim was to evaluate progress and challenges in realizing childrens and womens rights in Aruba and to make recommendations for policies and social actions to improve these conditions. The analysis noted Arubas generally favourable economic status but also its high dependency on tourism, which provides limited employment options for islanders and makes them highly vulnerable to steep downturns in the global economy. It also showed the benefits of the islands universal health care: over 99 per cent of women receive antenatal care; more than 95 per cent of births are overseen by skilled attendants; vaccination coverage among children between 12 and 23 months old has reached 90 per cent, and all children have access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities. Nevertheless, obesity affects 35 per cent of children, heralding future health problems, and rising rates of adolescent pregnancy are causing increased health and social complications. In education, nearly all children aged 611 years attend primary school. However, the absence of laws requiring post-secondary attendance contributes to high dropout rates for adolescents, which, in turn, contributes to the numbers of youth involved in gangs or substance abuse. Current policy also mandates Dutch in which only 5.8 per cent of the population is fluent as the principal language of instruction, instead of Papiamento, a Creole language spoken by 66.3 per cent of inhabitants. Language barriers are compounded for the 30 per cent of the population who are new immigrants, most of whom speak neither Dutch nor Papiamento. A preponderance of low-wage jobs and inadequate childcare also contribute to rising reports of child abuse. UNICEF recommendations note the need for a more diversified economy that promotes social welfare as well as growth and for continued reporting and visibility for childrens issues to support positive change. It also recommends improved interaction and coordination between state, social, private and union sectors to implement policies addressing the language of educational instruction, high school attendance, childhood obesity, protections against abuse and domestic violence, as well as the needs of diverse cultures.巴塞基金會副總裁雷蒙.杜邦表示:「巴塞隆拿足球會致力與UNICEF合作,推動全球兒童事務,並促進教育和體育運動的發展。」

UNICEF深明並肯定體育運動在兒童成長中所擔當的重要角色。年輕人參與運動和玩耍有助身體發展,並能從中讓他們培養基本的價值觀和生活技能,例如:紀律、領導才能、團隊合作精神、公平原則,以至尊重他人。運動和玩耍更有助消除歧視,打破社會大眾與弱勢社群(如:殘疾兒童)的隔閡,取得促進社會傷健共融等益處。

「UNICEF全體成員為着能夠與巴塞隆拿足球會合作感到非常高興。通過此合作關係,UNICEF與巴塞承辦,將攜手致力為數百萬兒童提供教育機會,及體會運動的樂趣,並讓他們能夠在參與體育、運動和玩耍,建立積極、正面、樂觀的生活能度。」UNICEF執行主任安東尼.雷克首次訪問巴塞隆拿足球會總部時表示。

Boys run on a track at Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium, in Oranjestad, the capital. They are participating in a programme offered by Athletik Bond, a local government-sponsored organization that coaches children in track and field sports. In September 2011, Aruba continues working to protect the welfare of its children since gaining autonomy from the Netherlands in 1986. Nevertheless, Aruba, like its sister islands in the Caribbean Curacao and the Dutch portion of Sint Maarten remains part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, bound by its international treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). To assess the status of Arubas children, UNICEF was invited to undertake a situation analysis UNICEFs core methodology to define child welfare in a given country, reviewing childrens situation in the context of an array of social, economic, political, institutional and historic factors. The aim was to evaluate progress and challenges in realizing childrens and womens rights in Aruba and to make recommendations for policies and social actions to improve these conditions. The analysis noted Arubas generally favourable economic status but also its high dependency on tourism, which provides limited employment options for islanders and makes them highly vulnerable to steep downturns in the global economy. It also showed the benefits of the islands universal health care: over 99 per cent of women receive antenatal care; more than 95 per cent of births are overseen by skilled attendants; vaccination coverage among children between 12 and 23 months old has reached 90 per cent, and all children have access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities. Nevertheless, obesity affects 35 per cent of children, heralding future health problems, and rising rates of adolescent pregnancy are causing increased health and social complications. In education, nearly all children aged 611 years attend primary school. However, the absence of laws requiring post-secondary attendance contributes to high dropout rates for adolescents, which, in turn, contributes to the numbers of youth involved in gangs or substance abuse. Current policy also mandates Dutch in which only 5.8 per cent of the population is fluent as the principal language of instruction, instead of Papiamento, a Creole language spoken by 66.3 per cent of inhabitants. Language barriers are compounded for the 30 per cent of the population who are new immigrants, most of whom speak neither Dutch nor Papiamento. A preponderance of low-wage jobs and inadequate childcare also contribute to rising reports of child abuse. UNICEF recommendations note the need for a more diversified economy that promotes social welfare as well as growth and for continued reporting and visibility for childrens issues to support positive change. It also recommends improved interaction and coordination between state, social, private and union sectors to implement policies addressing the language of educational instruction, high school attendance, childhood obesity, protections against abuse and domestic violence, as well as the needs of diverse cultures. On 23 April, children exercise during a recreation activity at the Parc Jean Marie Vincent sports centre in the Piste Aviation neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The area is serving as a temporary settlement site for an estimated 25,000 people displaced by the earthquake. The recreation programme provides structured daily sports activities, as well as psychosocial support, for young people. It is managed by the Haitian Olympic Committee, with support from the Government, UNICEF and other partners. Most open spaces in the city are now occupied by the displaced. By early May 2010 in Haiti, emergency responses had shifted to long-term recovery efforts in response to the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 12 January. The quakes epicentre was only 17 kilometres from Port-au-Prince, the capital, more than 222,500 people were killed and 1.3 million, of whom 450,000 were children, became homeless. In Port-au-Prince, more than 619,000 people continue to live in makeshift settlements, despite an exodus of over 604,000 from the devastated city. The towns of Léogâne and Jacmel were also heavily damaged; and social infrastructures in rural communities, which now host some of the displaced, are over-strained. In the capital, major government and private infrastructure have been destroyed or heavily damaged, including hospitals, water, sanitation and electrical systems, and telecommunications, banks and transportation networks. UNICEF is working with the Government, other UN agencies, international and local NGOs and private partners to help rebuild with special focus on the estimated 46 per cent of Haitis nearly 10 million inhabitants who are under age 18. UNICEF is the lead coordinating agency for nutrition, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and child protection; UNICEF also shares lead coordinating duties on education with Save the Children, and is a key health partner. This latest catastrophe has exacerbated Haitis already critical humanitarian situation. Prior to the quake, more than 78 per cent of the population lived on less than US $2.00 a day. UNICEFs portion of the February 2010 United Nations Haiti Revised Humanitarian Appeal (totalling US $1.44 billion) is US $222.8 million, most of which has been received. But while international donors have pledged some US $5.3 billion to support all aspects of Haitis recovery over the next 18 months, an estimated US $11.5 billion is required to meet projected needs.
年輕人參與運動和玩耍有助身體發展,並能從中讓他們培養基本的價值觀和生活技能。 運動和玩耍更有助消除歧視,打破社會大眾與弱勢社群的隔閡。

巴塞隆拿足球會每年捐出約港幣1,500萬元(即150萬歐元)善款予UNICEF,幫助巴西、中國、加納及南非四國16,000所學校數百萬名兒童。有關計劃將培訓逾5,000名教師及教練,把體育運動及體育精神融入學校課程。計劃亦會向受惠的學校提供運動器材,改善體育運動和玩耍項目的基本設施。