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...

Dessin animé «Tounga, ça peut t’arriver»

En Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre, les enfants ont l’habitude de parcourir de longues distances pour étudier, travailler ou rejoindre des membres de leur famille. Ces déplacements s’effectuent seuls ou accompagnés, d’un pays à l’autre ou de la campagne à la ville. Tout au long de leur périple, les enfants sont exposés à de multiples dangers tels que l’exploitation, la violence, la maltraitance, le fait de se perdre, etc. Le Mouvement Africain des enfants et jeunes travailleurs (MAEJT) est composé d’enfants et jeunes, qui luttent pour la  promotion des droits et la protection des enfants. Parmi les nombreuses actions qu’ils mènent vis-à-vis de la mobilité...

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...

Congo-Kinshasa: Children Still in Prison Despite Law

Kinshasa, 3rd July 2011 — Two years after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) promulgated the Law on Child Protection, an estimated 3,000 children remain in prisons across the country. The law, which came into effect in January 2009, replaced a 1950 colonial law on juvenile delinquency that set the age of criminal responsibility at 16, leading to a number of severe penalties against children, including life imprisonment and the death sentence. The current law has provisions for judicial, penal and social protection of children under 18 and states that a judge can send child law-breakers to "a public or private institution of a social character, but only as a measure of l...

SOUTH AFRICA: Midwife shortage impacts maternal health

DURBAN, 27 June 2011 (IRIN) - At Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital (PMMH) in Umlazi, the largest township outside the South African port city of Durban, using midwives to provide maternity services has positively impacted maternal care in the area, but a national shortage of these specialist health personnel has made it difficult to replicate the model elsewhere. “Midwives are integral to ensuring that we take quality care of our mothers and babies,” Rachel Gumbi, the hospital’s CEO, told IRIN. “The success story of this hospital is because of the teamwork between doctors and midwives.” The maternity ward at PMMH is one of the busiest in the country, with more than 1,2...

Angola: Children Newspaper Launched in Luanda

Luanda 24th June 2011 — A newspaper "O jardim", which will bring story and proverbs for children, was officially launched on Thursday at Children Book Fair to end this Sunday. The presentation of the newspaper was made by the coordinator of the Children Book Fair Organizing Commission, António Fonseca and happened during the inauguration of the event. According to her, the newspaper will be free of charge and 10.000 copies will be published. In an initiative of the National Institute of Cultural Industry, the publication of this newspaper highlights moment of culture that involves children, jokes, guess, games and hobbies, as well as other attractions for children. Source...

 

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