AMWCY helps empower children in over 20 African countries through essential literacy courses

Barcelona, 28 July 2011 - The right to read and write is one of the priorities the African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY) has closest to its heart. Being able to read and write empowers AMWCY’s grassroots associations to duly interact with the outside world. In order to teach children these essential abilities in life, mechanisms are put in place in 22 African countries. With the permission of parents and guardians, children attend classes on Friday and Saturdays or Sundays. Before lessons begin, participant WCY associations are provided with the necessary material such as exercise books, pens, pencils, bags and text books to motivate attendance. Premises where lessons ar...

AMWCY produces an animated cartoon on how to keep safe during mobility

Barcelona, 28 July 2011 - In West and Central Africa, children often travel long distances to study, work or meet members of their family. They travel alone or accompanied, from one country to another or from rural to urban areas. During this journey, these children are at risk of being exploited, abused, suffering violence, getting lost, etc. The African Movement of Working Children and Youth is made up of children and youth who actively work for the promotion of their rights and the protection of children. Among the many initiatives they undertake in the area of mobility, the AMWCY has produced a special cartoon on this issue. In late 2010, around thirty AMWCY members from ten different co...

UN team calls for end to use of children in conflict in Central African Republic

26 July 2011, Central African Republic – The Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has expressed concern over continuing violations of children’s rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all armed groups in the country to immediately halt the practice. In a press statement issued today following the Working Group’s 31st meeting last month, the chair of the United Nations body urged all the groups to develop time-bound action plans on the removal of children armed groups, in line with the Council’s previous resolutions. Specifically addressing the group known as the Armée Populaire pour la restauration de la République et de la D...

Kenya: Every Child Deserves a Birth Certificate

18 July 2011, Nairobi — When Purity Masyuki finally got her twin daughters' adoption certificates, she could hardly contain herself with joy. These two papers, which mean nothing to most Kenyans, meant the world to her three year old girls, who she adopted two years ago. "These papers mean that my daughters finally have an identity; it also means that the law recognises me as their parent," says the 30 year-old counsellor. An adoption certificate is a document issued to every adopted child, and by law, is equivalent to a birth certificate, which every Kenyan needs as proof of identity. Surrounding Purity's joy however, is the fear that her children will always be required t...

Uganda announces elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

KAMPALA/Uganda, 13 July 2011 – Uganda today announced that it has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). The country is the 20th to do so since 2000. “This is a historic achievement for Uganda, and the Government should be applauded for their commitment to eliminating this killer disease,” said Dr. Sharad Sapra, UNICEF Uganda Country Representative.  “We are also very grateful to our partners in the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative.  It is through these kinds of innovative partnerships that we can truly make a difference in the lives of so many.” Between 2002 and 2009, 25 high-risk districts in Uganda were targeted for intervention, a...

East Africa: Survival of Millions of Children in Horn of Africa At Risk, Warns Unicef

10 July 2011 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that two million children are malnourished as a result of the drought in the Horn of Africa, and half a million could soon die or suffer long-lasting mental or physical damage. The agency appealed for nearly $32 million to assist millions of children and women in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, which are all facing a crisis that is being called the worst in 50 years. "UNICEF estimates that over two million young children are malnourished and in need of urgent life-saving actions, if they are to survive conditions in drought-affected countries in the Horn of Africa," the agency said in a press state...

Gambia: Celebration of the African child day

Gambia 17 June 2011, - The National Coordination of the WCYA celebrated African Child Day on the theme: “All together for urgent actions in favour of street children». The ceremony started with a march to which 160 WCY and 45 guests participated. It ended with a meeting held at Birkama Youth Centre. The Farafenni WCY gave a dramatic performance on the dangers incurred by mobile children. It was followed by a Serere cultural event animated by the WCY of Barra. The drama and cultural group from Brikama organised a sketch on the theme: «ignorance is not an excuse for violating children’s rights». In the evening, the National Coordination organised a contest on the histor...

 

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