On 25 September, [NAMES CHANGED] (foreground, left-right) siblings Awa, 3, and Amadou, 4, pretend to talk on toy mobile telephones, at home in a village on the outskirts of the city of Kenema in Eastern Province. Many of the people in the village are affected by Ebola. Olematu and Ibrahim are being cared for by their 15-year-old sister, Betty, with help from a neighbour, following the death of their mother from Ebola one month ago. Betty is a survivor of the virus. An estimated 1,131 children in Sierra Leone are affected by Ebola virus disease. UNICEF/UNI172461/Bindra

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Children, know your rights! – New funding for Scottish schools

Today (Friday 20 May 2022), the Scottish Government announced funding for UNICEF UK to offer their Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) programme to all 2,400 state primary and secondary schools in Scotland. To launch the new partnership, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville, visited a school already involved with the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award programme, Commercial Primary School in Dunfermline. The Cabinet Secretary spoke to pupils and the headteacher about children’s rights and the impact of the RRSA programme on their school and their lives.

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The Power of Nutrition joins Soccer Aid for UNICEF, pledging to match public donations

Soccer Aid for UNICEF today announced a new partnership with charitable foundation The Power of Nutrition, who will match public donations and fundraising up to a total of £4 million.

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World a ‘virtual tinderbox’ for catastrophic levels of severe malnutrition in children - UNICEF

Soaring food prices driven by the war in Ukraine and pandemic-fuelled budget cuts set to drive up both need for, and cost of, life-saving therapeutic food treatment, the latter by up to 16 per cent. The number of children with severe wasting was rising even before war in Ukraine threatened to plunge the world deeper into a spiralling global food crisis - and it’s getting worse, UNICEF warned in a new Child Alert.

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‘Yes, Sir!’ Liam Payne and Sir Mo Farah surprise Ilford children and take on Soccer Aid Schools Challenge

Pupils at John Bramston Primary School were in for a surprise when Liam Payne and Sir Mo Farah walked through the doors on Monday 16 May to take part in their Soccer Aid Schools Challenge.

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The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) responds to the launch of the UK Government's International Development Strategy

"The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) welcomes the release of the new UK International Development Strategy. Ensuring every child has access to a good education, reliable healthcare and is protected from harm speaks to the core of British values. 

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Tanzania’s Ministries of Education, Schools2030 and UNICEF’s Data Must Speak Research join forces to improve education in the country

12 May 22, Florence/London – UNICEF’s Data Must Speak Positive Deviance* Research is expanding into Tanzania. The research, which is now active in 14 countries, aims to improve education around the world by identifying best practices from schools that are doing well.

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the Brussels VI Conference: "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"

10th May 2022 - UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the Brussels VI Conference: "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on latest school attack in Luhansk, Ukraine

8th May 2022 - UNICEF strongly condemns yet another attack on a school in Ukraine amid reports that civilians, including children, had sought shelter in the school’s bunker.

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Number of Syrian children in need hits record high

8th May 2022 - UNICEF statement as number of Syrian children in need hits record high

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UNICEF Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Ukraine and neighbouring countries

6 May 2022- This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF's Regional Child Protection Advisor for Europe and Central Asia, Aaron Greenberg – to whom quoted text may be attributed - at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Every day that the war in Ukraine continues is a nightmare for millions of children

5 May 2022- UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the High-Level International Donor's Conference for Ukraine

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises

4 May 2022 –UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises

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School year nears tragic end in Ukraine amid child deaths, empty classrooms and destruction of educational facilities

4 May 2022 – At least one in six UNICEF-supported schools in eastern Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the war, including School 36 – the only ‘Safe School’ in Mariupol – underscoring the dramatic impact the conflict is having on children’s lives and futures.

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Education milestone for Rohingya refugee children as Myanmar curriculum pilot reaches first 10,000 children

May 1, 2022- A breakthrough for Rohingya refugee children living in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh sees the first 10,000 children enrolled to receive education based on the national curriculum of their home country Myanmar.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – UNICEF urges parents and children in Equateur Province to take safety precautions after second confirmed fatality from most recent Ebola virus outbreak

29 APRIL 2022 – UNICEF has urged parents and children living in the western province of Equateur to maintain the utmost vigilance amid the 14th and latest outbreak of Ebola virus which first emerged on the outskirts of the provincial capital Mbandaka.

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At least 21 children reported killed in violence in Sudan’s West Darfur

28 April 2022 – “We received harrowing reports that at least 21 children - including an 11-month-old baby - were killed over the past few days during ongoing violence, mostly in the Kerinik area of the West Darfur region in Sudan.

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell visits drought-impacted Somali region in Ethiopia and calls for an immediate scaled-up response to save the lives of millions of children

April 28 2022 – At the end of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell urged the international community to immediately scale up support to avert a humanitarian catastrophe due to the drought in Ethiopia and the rest of the Horn of Africa.

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UNICEF and WHO warn of ‘perfect storm’ of conditions for measles outbreaks, affecting children

27 April 2022 – An increase in measles cases in January and February 2022 is a worrying sign of a heightened risk for the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and could trigger larger outbreaks, particularly of measles affecting millions of children in 2022, warn WHO and UNICEF.

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