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UNICEF@70, JHARKHAND

 

JHARKHAND

UNICEF Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

 

JAMSHEDPUR, 13 December 2016 – To commemorate UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, a celebration with school and college students was organized as a part of the ‘UNICEF on Campus Knowledge Initiative’ in Kerala Samajam Model School here today.

As part of this initiative, UNICEF Jharkhand has partnered with Colleges and Universities in the State to increase awareness about child rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

It was in December 1946 that the General Assembly of the United Nations created UNICEF to safeguard the lives of children struggling to survive in the aftermath of World War II. In keeping with the ethos of the United Nations, UNICEF provided aid to children without discriminating on race, creed, nationality, status or political belief.

Dr. Madhulika Jonathan, Chief, UNICEF Jharkhand, said, "UNICEF’s mission focuses on the whole child – including the child’s mental and physical health and his/her access to education, legal and social protection, safe water and sanitation & more. UNICEF understands that the spiral of poverty, disease and hunger stifles global development and leads to violation of children’s human rights. Those rights guide UNICEF’s work towards a world where every child has a fair chance in life. UNICEF believes that an equity-based approach – with accelerated progress for the children left behind – is not only a moral imperative, but also a strategic requirement.”

She said, “Seventy years on, UNICEF is working harder than ever to ensure a fair chance in life for every child. We have taken this moment to look back and learn from our accomplishments and our challenges. And now we look ahead, with hope and determination, to a better future for the world’s children.”

During the programme, a theatre production with short skits around child marriage, child labour, sexual violence against children and sanitation were put up by a team of UNICEF child reporters’ and Karim City College (KCC) students. Films developed by KCC students around child right issues were also screened.

The programme was attended by Mr. C. Bhaskar Rao, well known media personality; Mrs. Nandini Shukla, Principal of Kerala Samajam School and over 500 school and college students.

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For more information and interviews, please contact:

Moira Dawa, Communication Officer, Jharkhand; Tel: +91-9771411859; E-mail: mdawa@unicef.org