Nigeria: Child Education - a Case for an Improved System

Nigeria, 3rd February 2010 - Education starts from the cradle. Experts say catching children young with quality education remains a veritable tool to lifelong development. Chika Mefor reports that a one day stakeholder's meeting held recently in Abuja was aimed at emphasising early childhood education.The future of a nation's socio-economic and political wellbeing lies with the quality of children's education because they are the future leaders. If they have a shaky foundation when it comes to education, it will surely affect their lives when they are adults and in turn affect the nation. Many children in Nigeria and Africa have no opportunity to experience the much needed early childhood ed...

SOMALIA: Free education “too expensive” for Somaliland

NAIROBI, 12 January 2011 (IRIN) - Sometimes the teachers make it to school but the children do not - when the fighting is too intense for them to venture outdoors. Sometimes teachers make it to school only to find it has been moved - to enable displaced children to continue learning. This is the nature of teaching in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, considered one of the world's most dangerous cities."I was on the way to school one day when intense fighting erupted and I had to seek shelter; by the time I got to school there were no students, they could not come because of the fighting," Abdulkadir Abdullahi, a primary-school teacher in Mogadishu, told IRIN.Abdullahi said even though t...

Gambia: awareness sessions about children's rights

Gambia, 12 January 2010 - The WCYA of Farafenni lead awareness campaigns about children's rights and the actions of the WCYA at Farafenni, Soma and the surroundings with two rap musicians. What mainly motivated the WCY to cooperate with the musicians was the desire to convey messages that touch and attract the attention of the community, especially that of children and youth. They had already organized many shows in Farafenni and plan to organize another show in B...

Zimbabwe: sanitation and awareness campaign

Zimbabwe, 10 January 2010 - In Kadoma, the WCY held clean up and child rights awareness campaigns in a bid to team up with the City Council’s department of health services in fighting the spread of cholera. Children went about the main shopping center heralding the doctrine of cleanliness and good health. A new child led group has been formulated with the aim of widening children’s opportunity to participate in issues affecting them. The group focuses on building awareness on child rights, capacity building on child participation issues and income generating activities aimed at improving the lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in the group. Source: African Movement of Working Child...

The government of Niger and its partners determined to continue their efforts against child malnutrition in Niger

NIAMEY, NIGER, 28 December 2010 - Despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, the nutritional situation of children remains alarming in Niger where more than 15 children in 100 suffer from acute malnutrition, according to the results of the National Nutrition Survey made public on 16 December.  The Niger government, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) called on the international community to intensify its efforts and mobilize all means necessary to fight against child malnutrition and its structural causes to sustainably meet the needs of the most vulnerable children. The prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) among children under five years...

Nigeria: Child Rights Act - Non-Implementation Worries UNICEF

Bauchi, Nigeria 22 December 2010 — The United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appealed to Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the country to give maximum support for the promotion of Child rights.The organisation made the call while expressing worry over some state Governments' alleged refusal in setting up implementation committee on the Child Rights Act as required by the law.UNICEF made the appeal through its Communication Officer (Media & External Relations) Bauchi Field Office, Mr. Samuel Kaalu, during the recent three-day Media training on ethical reporting and child rights advocacy for select journalists in the print and electronic media from the zone ...

AMWCY: meeting of the communications group

Thies, Senegal, 3rd December 2010 -  The communications group of the AMWCY held their annual meeting from 22nd to 1st of December 2010 at the CCDD in Thies, Senegal. The meeting gathered 17 participants from 17 countries. The group discussed the state of communication, foremost the activities that were implemented to give more visibility to the actions of the WCYS and of the associations. Then they shared information about the state of the preparation of the World Social Forum (WSF) which will take place in Dakar from 6th to 11th of February 2011. Also discussed where the activities planned by the AMWCY during the forum: - debates around topics that have to do with childhood like: mobi...

Uganda: Half of Children With Disabilities Miss School

Uganda, 14th December 2010 - more than 50% of the children with disabilities in northern Uganda are not going to school. A survey done by the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU) in the districts of Pader, Kitgum, Amuru and Gulu shows that schools do not have user-friendly facilities for children with disabilities.Presenting the findings in Gulu town recently, Martin Ssennoga, the programme manager for Empowering the Invisible Project under NUDIPU, said much as the Government was pursuing an inclusive education policy, many schools have not received the necessary support to implement the policy."Children with disabilities need equal opportunities yet the schools lack the bas...

Rwanda: Mother And Child Health Week Kicks Off

Kigali, Rwanda 29 November 2010 — The Ministry of Health (MoH), has dedicated this week to the health of mothers and children, with various activities lined up across the country to promote their wellbeing.According to the Ministry of Health, the objective of the week is to counter the causes of deaths amongst children and mothers - one of the top priorities of President Paul Kagame's second term in office.Most of these diseases that claim numerous lives of children and mothers are preventable.Speaking during a live televised town hall meeting, yesterday, the Minister of Health, Dr. Richard Sezibera, said that though Rwanda has taken strides in reducing deaths in mothers and children, ther...

Cost Major Obstacle to Reducing Maternal Mortality

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 9th November 2010 - Elizabeth Kaboré says she has paid for each of her visits to the clinic, despite a government promise that prenatal check-ups in health centres would be free. "Far from being free, at each consultation, I've had to pay 600 CFA francs (around $1.20) to see the midwives," says Kaboré, several months pregnant. "For an injection, I pay 100 FCFA and the mid-wife explained to me that this money was for the guards at the facility."   Human rights organisation Amnesty International points to financial obstacles as one of the leading obstacles preventing the reduction of high rates of maternal mortality in Burkina Faso."In our society, it's m...

 

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