22 Jan 2015
• Children returning to school in Guinea after a three month closure due to Ebola are learning how to stay safe from the deadly disease, says the UN Children’s Fund. UNICEF and its partners have developed a protocol with safety measures such as daily temperature screening, encouraging handwashing and minimizing physical contact. Schools officially reopened on 19 January after missing the normal start of the academic year which is in October.
Farming children in Côte d’Ivoire graduate into the classroom.
• Cocoa producers in Côte d’Ivoire are reassessing their farming culture as they seek to get their children out of the fields and into the classroom, according to UNICEF. The agency says an increasing number of parents are seeing the value of education and are keen to make sure their children do not miss out. The government of Côte d’Ivoire, supported by UNICEF, has been promoting the rights of young people in cocoa producing regions.
“Immense challenges” ahead for South Sudan
• The number one challenge for the people of South Sudan is finding a sustainable peace agreement, according to a senior United Nations official. The country has been mired in conflict for over a year, which has forced two million people to flee their homes.The UN recently released a report which said that hundreds of civilians were reportedly slaughtered by opposition forces in the strategic towns of Bentiu and Bor last April.
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