By Samuel Kaalu
Parents seeking treatment for their children’s malnutrition discover the added benefit of birth registration.
KANO, Nigeria, 21 November 2014 – The waiting hall is crowded at the Magami Basic Health Centre, in the Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State, northern Nigeria. The clinic is filled with mothers seeking help for their children at the outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP) for severe acute malnutrition. Aisha Ahmadu, 30, mother of six, is there with her 9-month-old twins, Hassan and Hussain.
Over the past decade, the child-friendly schools (CFS) model has emerged as UNICEF’s signature means to advocate for and promote quality education for every girl and boy, particularly in fragile contexts. The main principles of CFS models are ‘child-centredness’, ‘democratic participation’, ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘protection’. The theme of ‘democratic participation’, which states that as rights holders, children and those who facilitate their rights should have a say in the form and substance of their education, has not been explored fully in the CFS model in conflict-affected contexts.
Crises can bring education to a halt, depriving children of their fundamental right to education and further contributing to an atmosphere of chaos in already traumatised communities. Education is integral in restoring a sense of normalcy and security in the midst of crisis, helping to build resilient schools and communities and bridge the humanitarian and development divide.
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2014 – With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.
“The new cases in Mali remind us that no country in the region is immune to Ebola,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We cannot wait for new cases in countries at risk before we take action. We must help communities today prepare for cases if they happen, when they happen, wherever they happen.”