Entries under ‘children’

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The Right to Education

This week at Media Voices, we have a trailer for a film that reminds us that poor children have a right not just to education, but to quality in their education. Daniela Kon’s film, Talibe, exposes a persistent issue with some Islamic boarding schools in Senegal, where teachers treat their students as cash cows, requiring [...]

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Off the Backs of the Children: Forced Begging and Other Abuses Against Talibés in Senegal

This 114-page Human Rights Watch report documents the system of exploitation and abuse in which at least 50,000 boys known as talibés – the vast majority under age 12 and many as young as four – are forced to beg on Senegal’s streets for long hours, seven days a week, by often brutally abusive teachers, known as marabouts. The report says that the boys often suffer extreme abuse, neglect, and exploitation by the teachers. It is based on interviews with 175 current and former talibés, as well as some 120 other people, including marabouts, families who sent their children to these schools, Islamic scholars, government officials, and humanitarian officials.

Growing up in the Shadows
Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status

Unauthorized immigrants account for approximately one-fourth of all immigrants in the United States, yet they dominate public perceptions and are at the heart of a policy impasse. Caught in the middle are the children of these immigrants—youth who are coming of age and living in the shadows. An estimated 5.5 million children and adolescents are growing up with unauthorized parents and are experiencing multiple and yet unrecognized developmental consequences as a result of their family’s existence in the shadow of the law. Although these youth are American in spirit and voice, they are nonetheless members of families that are “illegal” in the eyes of the law.

Carola Suárez-Orozco, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Robert T. Teranishi, and Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, authors. Printed in the Harvard Educational Review (2011)

Unicef Annual Report 2010
Unicef Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2010 highlights UNICEF’s contributions to achieving the MDGs in 2010 by providing assistance towards improving children’s health, expanding access to quality education and protecting children’s rights in more than 150 countries and territories, including in places of crisis. The report emphasizes how UNICEF is reorienting its programming to more closely target and meet the rights and needs of the most deprived and marginalized children to achieve greater progress with equity.

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Children and AIDS – Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010

The 2010 report produced by UNAIDS, Unicef, World Health Organization, UN Population Fund and UNESCO on the state of the AIDS epidemic as it relates to children.

Surviving Rape
Surviving Rape

An IRIN Films video in the Kids in the City series exploring South Africa’s efforts to educate very young children in the townships on how to avoid and survive rape.

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Interview with Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman

Executive Director of the National Center for Children and Families Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman speaks about the particular impact of homelessness on children, and how the community can support homeless parents in their efforts to shelter and nurture their children.

Interviewer: Georgia Morris

Dr. Brissett Chapman has spent her career working in child protection and has led The National Center for Children and Families for the past twenty years.

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Marian Wright Edelman

On June 1st 2009, Marian Wright Edelman gave a speech at the Georgetown Law Center in support of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She discussed the treatment of children in the United States at present, including the so-called poverty-to-prison pipeline that wastes so many of our children’s lives.

Hungry for Change
Hungry for Change

An eight-step, costed plan of action to tackle global child hunger

More than 178 million children are currently suffering from chronic malnutrition, which contributes to a third of all child deaths globally. According to the report, a total of £150 would give a hungry child the right kind of food and support to stop them from dying from malnutrition and protect their brains and bodies from being permanently damaged by hunger.

Half of the world’s hungry children live in just eight countries; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DRC, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Sudan and Vietnam. The Hungry for Change report reveals that it would cost £5.25 billion a year to combat child hunger in these countries and dramatically reduce the number of children who are stunted or malnourished.

If you would like more information on the report, please contact Save the Children UK’s policy department. For media questions please contact SC UK’s press office at +44 207 012 6469 or on + 44 7831 650 409.

State of the Worlds Children report
State of the World’s Children 2009

Having a child remains one of the biggest health risks for women worldwide. Fifteen hundred women die every day while giving birth. That’s a half a million mothers every year.

UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children 2009, addresses maternal mortality, one of the most intractable problems for development work.

The difference in pregnancy risk between women in developing countries and their peers in the industrialized world is often termed the greatest health divide in the world.

A woman in Niger has a one in seven chance of dying during the course of her lifetime from complications during pregnancy or delivery. That’s in stark contrast to the risk for mothers in America, where it’s one in 4,800 or in Ireland, where it’s just one in 48,000.

Addressing that gap is a multidisciplinary challenge, requiring an emphasis on education, human resources, community involvement and social equality.

At a minimum, women must be guaranteed antenatal care, skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetrics, and postpartum care.

These essential interventions will only be guaranteed within the context of improved education and the abolition of discrimination.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, in a forward to the SOWC report, calls on renewed efforts to prevent “needless human tragedy.”

“As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals draws closer, the challenge for improving maternal and newborn health goes beyond meeting the goals,” she writes. “Success will be measured in terms of lives saved and lives improved.”

Count Every Child
Count Every Child 2009 Report

Plan International’s Campaign for universal birth registration to confer the benefits of citizenship on every child

Click here for the Plan International video on their universal birth registration campaign
and here for Len Morris’s blog on the subject