Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities. In Syria, where there are still 2 million children out of school or at risk of dropping out, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. BtL in Syria aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign.
MONROVIA, Liberia, 3 September 2015 – UNICEF today welcomed the announcement that Liberia has once again achieved zero Ebola transmission, and expressed hope that the country will now be able to focus on recovering from the outbreak, which has taken a severe toll on the lives of thousands of children and their communities.
UNICEF is partnering with the Central and District Child Welfare Boards and 13 NGOs who have deployed 170 social workers covering all 14 affected districts to prevent family separation. 7,411 children identified as vulnerable in the 14 most affected districts. Out of these children, 318 have so far been provided with emergency support. Assessment of the identified children is ongoing for referral to short and long term support. Central Child Welfare Board with support from UNICEF, has assessed 121 registered Child Care Homes hosting 3,309 children.
Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 3 September 2015- Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.
The report, “Education Under Fire,” focuses on the impact of violence on schoolchildren and education systems in nine countries* that have been directly or indirectly impacted by violence.
The total number of confirmed cases rose by three this week to 3,335 from 3,332, all of which were in the Ratoma area of Conakry. (WHO, Ebola Situation Report, 17-23 August 2015).
The number of confirmed deaths climbed to 2,075 with a total count of 2,527 confirmed and probable deaths.
Despite its Ebola-free status, efforts to maintain momentum in establishing an Ebola buffer system in Guinea Bissau have been particularly affected by the political crisis over the past two weeks.
The week to 23 August 2015 saw the second successive epidemiological week without a confirmed Ebola case.
Gaza, State of Palestine, 31 August 2015 – Salma, a 15-year old adolescent girl, lives in the Gaza Strip, where poverty is rampant and the threat of violence and political turmoil is a daily hazard. For the past 12 months, she has insisted on sleeping in her mother’s bed as she was too frightened to go to sleep alone after the 2014 escalation of conflict.
Leaving the departures terminal in Baghdad airport is like walking into an oven. It is over 50 degrees. I haven’t been to Baghdad for three years. When I last left, I thought the country was on the right track.
Things have, however, taken a sharp turn since June last year – and not in the right direction. More than three million people have been displaced. Many ran for their lives. Children have been abducted, girls raped and tens of thousands of houses looted or seized.
GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.
An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily. A third of them are women and children – up from 10 per cent in June. Some 12 per cent of the women are pregnant.
The earthquakes in April and May of 2015 have had a devastating impact on the facilities and infrastructure in the education sector. Structural Assessment data indicates that in the 11 affected districts outside Kathmandu valley, 67% of classrooms (32,000) are unsafe for use. As a result, a large-scale education in emergencies response is underway, providing temporary classrooms, emergency learning supplies and teacher training on psychosocial support and lifesaving messages to 14 of the most affected districts.
Earlier this week, 14 educators and four of their children were killed and 20 people injured in an airstrike on a teacher’s office in Amran, just north of Sana’a. UNICEF’s Executive Director and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict strongly condemned the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the devastating impact it is having on Yemen’s children.
• Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities.
• In Syria, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. The BTL initiative aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign. Unique to this year’s campaign is the launching of the self-learning programme, which targets 315,000 out-of-school children this year.
UNICEF Response highlights in 2015
• 850,000 people have access to health services and essential medicines in affected areas; a national measles campaign is scheduled for November.
• 10,025 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition received therapy with a recovery rate of 87%.
• Over 200,000 people have access to safe drinking water and more than 150,000 displaced people have access to latrines in the sites.
Despite a receding of floodwaters, the ongoing monsoon continues to risk further flooding and increase the vulnerability of people coping with the effects of the disaster.
Multi-Sector/Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment results have been compiled and the Inter-Agency Initial Flood Response Plan finalised.
40% of flood-affected areas continue to have limited humanitarian access as a result of debris, broken roads and bridges.
Coordination of the child protection (CP) response to Sudanese refugees in South Sudan has been mainly driven by the field. In Gambella, there is a child protection working group (CPWG), and two specific groups on information management and case management. At the camp level, there is a weekly working group which covers CP as well as Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) participates in the CP working group and in the camp level coordination meetings.