Meeting of the Executive Managerial Group of the AMWCY from 5 to 14 July 2010 in Senegal

The African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY) organized a GEM meeting with its partners from Save the Children Finland, ILO, ENDA TM, Plan, Terre des Hommes and UNICEF. The workshops’, discussions revolved around the programming of the project "Reducing exploitation of working children in West Africa”. For more information, please consult the source text in french....

AFRICA: It's how you spend the money that saves lives

28th July 2010, Kampala/ Johannesburg - Members of the African Union (AU) reaffirmed at the end of their meeting on 27 July in Kampala, Uganda, that they would strive to spend 15 percent of their national budgets on health, but at the end of the day it is about how "effectively and efficiently" you spend the money, not about how much.The promise to spend 15 percent on health was made in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2001, but health experts like Chikezie Anyanwu, Africa Advocacy Advisor to Save the Children, which works to promote children's rights, were left wondering whether the percentages actually made a difference.Countries could spend more than 15 percent and still show no real reduction in the d...

Africa: Rising Number of Children Accused of 'Crime of Witchcraft'

Nairobi, July 26th, 2010— Tens of thousands of children, some as young as four years old, are being accused of "crimes" of witchcraft in Africa, according to a new report, which examines the consequences for the societies they live in.Unicef's Children Accused of Witchcraft report which was released last week looks at a number of case studies across the East African region and in particular the recent killing of albino children in Tanzania.The media, and more recently Internet sites in various regions of Africa regularly report shocking figures on the number of violent acts against children, that are related to witchcraft.Unicef acknowledges that executions of alleged witches have reached ...

Africa: Leaders Decry Child And Maternal Deaths' at AU Summit

Kampala, July 26th, 2010 — Maternal and child deaths are killing more people across the continent than conflicts, the African Union revealed yesterday. More than 500,000 women a year die in childbirth across the globe, almost exclusively in developing countries in Africa. Another 12,000 children die on the continent every day, mainly from treatable conditions like malaria, pneumonia and respiratory tract infections.Speaking at the opening of the 15th ordinary summit of heads of state at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo, Mr Jean Ping, the chairperson of the AU Commission told leaders at the summit that efforts to reduce both maternal and child health had been very slow."Africa's progres...

South Africa: Plans to Get More Children to School

Pretoria, July 23rd, 2010— Government has unveiled plans to get more than 200 000 children between the ages of seven and 15 to school by 2014.President Jacob Zuma, speaking after a mid-year Cabinet Lekgotla on Thursday, said the plan will be achieved by increasing the number of no-fee schools while widening feeding schemes to assist children from poor families."There will also be a drive to ensure that teachers are in class, teaching for the allocated school time. The delivery agreements have been negotiated with all the key stakeholders including provincial education departments and the trade unions," Zuma said.He said the Lekgotla, which was attended by Cabinet members, Premiers and MECs...

First African Youth Forum in Ouganda

This Forum took place on July 17-19, 2010 in Kampala. For more information, please consult the source text in French.

Senegal: new child mendicity report from UNICEF

For more information, please consult the source text in French.

Africa: Forum between US President Obama and young African leaders

This Forum will take place in Washington on August 3-5, 2010. For more information, please consult the source text in French.

Angola: Vice Home Secretary calls for special attention to children

For more information, please consult the source text in French.

Senegal: UNICEF and its partners fight against child mendicity

For more information, please consult the source text in French.

 

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