Tag: youth engagement

U-Report Côte d’Ivoire responding to emergency

U-Report Côte d’Ivoire responding to emergency

Technology and young people assisting communities Authors: Sophie Chavanel, Head of Communications, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire and Daniel Ouedraogo, Youth Engagement Strategist, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire. Natural disasters can have devastating effects in urban areas. In many countries, such as Côte d’Ivoire, during rainy season, intense rainfall can cause floods, landslides and it is […]

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U-Report Cote d’Ivoire Ignites a Youth Movement: 5 lessons on creating content to equitably engage girls and boys

AUTHORS: Sophie Chavanel, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire Chief of Communications Norman Muhwezi, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire Innovation Lead In Cote d’Ivoire, more than 50% of our population are under the age of 25. These 14 million young activists and changemakers within their community represent the generation that will lead progress towards a […]

(Left) Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits on a bed in a room of her home, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, with Dehana Estime, 17, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands, Friday 15 September 2017.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane that hit the Caribbean between Wednesday 6 September and Sunday 10 September, is putting the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. The extent of the devastation to Cuba and islands in the Eastern Caribbean is beginning to become clearer as rapid assessments are underway. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges, Irma caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centers and basic infrastructure across the region.

Needs assessments are underway across all the islands affected by Hurricane Irma. UNICEF staff are on the ground, working in close coordination with government and implementing partners, evaluating the most urgent needs for children and adolescents. As of 14 September 2017, 132 schools are potentially affected in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos islands.

Digital volunteers deliver lifesaving information during Hurricane Irma

By James Powell, U-Report Lead Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits with her friend in her home which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands. UNICEF/UN0121875/Moreno Gonzalez They came in three. Hurricane’s Irma, Jose and Maria battered their way through the Caribbean and Southern Florida last […]

Internally displaced women and girls gather around water taps as they fill containers at the Dalori camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, Friday 3 March 2017.

The prolonged humanitarian crisis in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency has had a devastating impact on food security and nutrition in northeast Nigeria, leading to famine-like conditions in some areas, according to a World Food Programme (WFP) situation report from late February 2017. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) projects that by June 2017 some 5.1 million people in Nigeria will be food insecure at crisis and emergency levels. As of 15 March 2017, over the past 12 months, UNICEF and partners have provided safe water to nearly 666,000 people and treated nearly 170,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the three conflict-affected northeast Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. As part of cholera preparedness, UNICEF and other WASH Sector partners are building the capacity of government and NGOs on cholera response and developing contingency plans with other stakeholders before the rainy season starting mid-April. Prepositioning of supplies for cholera response and mapping cholera hotspots are part of the preventive measures that are being planned.

UNICEF’s social media platform to engage communities reaches two million Nigerian responders

More than half global U-Report responders are in Nigeria ABUJA, 16 October 2017 – U-Report, UNICEF’s unique social media platform to engage with communities on issues that affect them, surpassed two million registered responders in Nigeria today. U-Report uses simple Short Message Service (SMS) messages and social media to reach communities […]

Students in a Government Primary School Sheikh Maula Gambat, Khairpur district, Sindh province, Pakistan. ©Asad Zaidi

UNICEF Works with U-Reporters to improve menstrual hygiene for girls and women in Pakistan

Pakistan – July 2017 – Hira Hafeez- Ur- Rehman Talking about menstruation should not make people, particularly young girls, and boys – feel uneasy, or embarrassed. Menstruation is a normal, major stage of puberty in girls. However, many girls in Pakistan and around the world still feel ashamed to talk about […]

Making Technology Work For Everyone: An Interview with Entrepreneur Fred Ouko

Making Technology Work For Everyone: An Interview with Entrepreneur Fred Ouko

By Ariam Mogos – Learning Lead, Ventures Team, UNICEF Office of Innovation. Twitter: @aamogos Last week, the Global Disability Innovation Hub held the first ever Disability Innovation Summit in London, UK. The sold-out event brought together academics, practitioners, international organizations, corporations, people with disabilities and other actors to explore the […]

21st Century Skills for All

21st Century Skills for All

21st Century Skills for All – UNICEF and Pearson Launch Educational Partnership for Children. By Kate James and Mike Penrose, Exec Director, UNICEF Tuấn Nguyễn lost his vision when he was 19. At the time, he was a sophomore in a Vietnamese university and had to quit school because he couldn’t […]

UNICEF and Pearson Launch Educational Partnership for Children

UNICEF and Pearson Launch Educational Partnership for Children

Press Release UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and Pearson, the world’s learning company, are partnering to support marginalised youth in Myanmar and Vietnam. Together they are launching a programme that equips young people with 21st century and employability skills and helps them create entrepreneurial solutions to the barriers that […]