Dubai Cares and UNICEF announce the Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development at the World Government Summit

The United Arab Emirates witnessed the announcement of the “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development” at the World Government Summit in Dubai, by Dubai Cares and UNICEF, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC). The “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development,” issued, responds to the growing scientific consensus that children’s early development directs their mental and emotional trajectories throughout life, with major implications for the economy and stability of their communities. The United Arab Emirates hailed this declaration that calls for a rapid increase…

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Millie Bobby Brown visits UNICEF global supply hub in Denmark

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Emmy-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown helped pack supplies for some of the world’s most vulnerable children during a visit to UNICEF’s global supply headquarters in Copenhagen this week. Brown helped assemble Early Childhood Development kits, which offer children living in conflict and disaster areas access to play and learning. Each kit is designed to help caregivers create a safe learning environment for up to 50 children who have experienced trauma and stress, and includes art supplies, puzzles and games, and board books and puppets for storytelling.…

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Children in Jordan learn through play with UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation

More than 145,000 children in Jordan are learning through play thanks toa partnership between the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF. Thousands of boxes with LEGO® play materials have been distributed in schools, kindergartens and Makani Centres throughout the country. The support from the LEGO Foundation to UNICEF is helping children and their parents from vulnerable districts and Syrian refugees. “UNICEF is delighted to partner with the LEGO Foundation to promote quality learning and provide psychosocial support for vulnerable children in classrooms and in their communities across Jordan,” said Robert Jenkins, Representative,…

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Superhero ‘Cipta’ to help UNICEF end violence in schools

Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli, a 17-year-old student from Makassar, Indonesia, has won the UNICEF and Comics Uniting Nations’ worldwide comic contest with a character who helps keep children and young people safe from violence in and around schools. ‘Cipta’ – as the main character is called – is a make-believe superhero who gives children a sketchbook to draw objects that in turn come to life and stop violence and bullying.  “I created ‘Cipta’ to draw attention to the violence and bullying that children in Indonesia and around the world face…

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Orlando Bloom meets children working in Bangladesh slums in powerful installment of photography series

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom stars in an emotional episode of Tales by Light to highlight the plight of children living and working in slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh.   To kick off the series’ third season – which will stream globally on Netflix from 21 December – Bloom travelled with photographer Simon Lister to Bangladesh to meet some of the country’s most vulnerable children. “I met very young children scavenging on floating rubbish dumps and polishing metal bowls in extremely unsafe factories in order to survive,” said Orlando Bloom. “Not…

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