World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

UNICEF: 750,000 Liberian children into school

UNICEF campaigns to get 750,000 Liberian children into school

Tens of thousands of children will go to school, thousands for the first time in their lives, during the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) "Back-to-School" campaign in Liberia, the UN agency working for the protection and development of youngsters said today.

On the first day of the campaign, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said: "This is a brave campaign, launched at a fragile time in the peace process. It's a courageous step, agreed to by the peace signatories, and a significant seal on the peace agreement."

She said UNICEF expected some 750,000 children to go to school.

Continuing insecurity and crippled infrastructure had led UNICEF and local teachers to use unusual methods to distribute school supplies, UNICEF said. Teachers were using wheelbarrows to push supplies into some areas and travelling in canoes to reach schools in riverine villages.

Almost 20,000 teachers had to be trained and 3,700 schools rehabilitated through a cooperative effort with other UN programmes, it said, while school fees had been waived and uniforms were no longer required.

The United States had funded a project to provide clean water and hygiene facilities to hundreds of schools, it said.

Liberia has had civil strife for 14 years, "which means that children under 14 have no idea what it means to live in peace," and it has an 85 per cent unemployment rate, UNICEF said in a separate release. "Some 81 per cent of Liberian children aged 6 to 12 are not in school" and 42 per cent of those in school learn little "because they are hungry and distracted."

"UNICEF is framing plans for the demobilization and re-integration of thousands of Liberian child-soldiers," it added.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC