Children map their community using innovative technology in India

April 29, 2011

By Diana Coulter

© UNICEF India/2011/Crouch Rakhi Kundu, 17, and her fellow UNICEF-supported volunteers have created a detailed blueprint of Rishi Aurobindo Colony in Kolkata, India, which will now be linked to Google Earth.

KOLKATA, India, 27 April 2011 – Salim Sheikh, 13, and his friends are putting their sprawling Kolkata slum on the map – literally. For a year now, they’ve been gathering data about the people, small brick huts, crowded alleys, scattered temples, trees, water pumps and other facts that identify Rishi Aurobindo Colony in eastern Kolkata.

With the support of UNICEF and local non-governmental organization Prayasam, they’ve created a colourful, hand-drawn map of their community. Soon, they will also upload much of the information onto Google Earth, one of the world’s best-known computer mapping systems. When they do, Salim says he will finally feel secure in his bustling universe.

“With this map, everyone in the world will know we are here. We are a community with many issues and ideas, just like anybody,” he says.

Mapping for change

It is this confidence that clearly inspires Salim’s neighbours when he and fellow child volunteers work in the community, which has a population of 9,000. Along with mapping, they’ve been gathering lists of residents’ concerns and taking concrete steps in fighting polio and malaria, helping impoverished children attend school, finding water sources and improving public hygiene.

The project – called Awaz or ‘Voice’ – has children initiating change in a community that not long ago was mostly notorious for crime. The objective is to help children understand their rights and entitlements and provide them an opportunity to talk about development.

The mapping project started in 2010 as part of a larger child participation programme, supported by UNICEF and implemented by Prayasam, for both in school and out-of-school children in select areas in Kolkata. Salim and his friends came up with the idea to create a community map during a series of workshops on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

At first, the children were trained to use traditional mapping tools. Later they learnt how to use innovative mobile phone technology developed by Matt Berg at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Recently named one of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine, Berg first created the system to help gather community health information in impoverished countries.

Household surveys

With Berg’s system in Kolkata, the children were able to conduct a

© UNICEF India/2011/Crouch For the last year, the children have been gathering data about Rishi Aurobindo Colony in Kolkata, India. They are now also supporting vaccination campaigns using the knowledge they've gathered.

household survey. Going door to door, they tabulated such details as the number of residents, their ages, occupations and health issues when possible.

In teams of four, each child had a specific task – as a photographer, tabulator, map-maker or note-taker. They photographed water pumps, power sources and points of interest like schools and temples.

The survey was run with military-like precision, recalls resident Bhrati Das, 36. “The children worked very hard because this community mapping was very important,” she says. “We cooperated because until now, the area was not on a map and nothing was ever done for us.”

After data were collected, the children drew the map’s first draft on a big sheet of paper. It clearly labelled and colour-coded each detail, from houses to street lamps.

Now, the map and survey – which identified 71 sources of water but not one clean enough for drinking – can also be used as a powerful advocacy tool.

“Access to clean drinking water is the biggest problem in our community today,” says Prabir Saha, 15. “Our water is yellow (with arsenic and iron) so we only use it for washing or cooking.”

Most days, children like Prabir must trek down dangerous railway lines nearby and sometimes wait hours at a neighbouring pump, only to be turned away if authorities there object. Scuffles and fines are frequent.

Now with the map and survey data as proof, the community will approach the locally elected representative and municipal officials for help.

Community campaigns

Ms. Das says improvements have already been made. Pointing to a lamp post in her crowded alley, she observes, “Things are already better. We have more light here.” The children also use survey data to target households during polio immunization campaigns.

In teams armed with handmade paper megaphones and signs, they regularly march about shouting: “Shunun, shunun (listen),” imploring neighbours to bring children for polio drops. They also take toddlers to polio booths themselves.

The children also mobilize for malaria information drives, to check on children who drop out of school, or to teach proper hand washing techniques. They tackle tough topics, like child marriage and human trafficking, with puppets and street plays at each community festival.

At the moment, the children are most looking forward to putting their map and some photos onto Google Earth. “We want everyone to know how good this place can be,” says Shikha Patra, 13, with pride.

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/india_58382.html

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Noticias de la Niñez y la Adolescencia – Nicaragua

April 28, 2011

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Media That Matters 11

April 28, 2011

Media That Matters: Screen. Act. Impact.

Arts Engine celebrates eleven years of Media That Matters™ — the premier showcase for short films with big messages.

“We no longer have to rely on major corporations for things to be seen — we have Media that Matters™ to distribute new material and new voices and new points of view.”

— Tim Robbins, Actor

Submit your film for the chance to work with us in creating social change through film. If selected, your film will take become a part of Media That Matters™ — an international, multi-platform campaign streaming and playing to thousands of people at screenings across the globe. Media That Matters™ creates discussion guides and screening materials to promote conversation and encourage educators, activists and organizers alike to Take Action around these films. Join us in our ELEVENTH year and submit your film now!

CRITERIA:

* Short films — the shorter the better—no longer than 10 minutes max, but 8 and under would be great!

* Social issues — Any and all issues will be considered. This year we are particularly interested in films focusing on Disability Rights, Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Tolerance, Bias-based Bullying, Gender Equality and

Youth Activism.

* The film should encourage the audience to be engaged and take action around the issue.

* All genres — Documentary, animation, public service announcement, narrative, music video, drama, comedy. Creativity is encouraged — but your film must focus on a social issue.

* Open to all ages — Youth-produced projects encouraged!

 BEFORE SUBMITTING:

* The film you are submitting must be cleared for NON EXCLUSIVE home video, educational, online, broadcast and theatrical distribution. If you have signed a contract with any other entity for this film that includes EXCLUSIVE rights to this film, please review prior to submitting to our festival. Media That Matters™ seeks the widest possible audiences for your film. To do this effectively, we use a non-exclusive contract, so unlike many media entities, we do not ask for exclusive rights. This flexibility helps our outreach team go further with your film, creating even more opportunity for distribution and exposure of your work.

* All footage — including music and other referenced video pieces — must have all rights cleared and secured. Please refer to the Center for Social Media’s set of Best Practices for more information on how to use licensed materials. Creative Commons is also a great resource for license-free or flexi-licensed music and media alternatives.

 HOW TO SUBMIT:

Step 1: Choose submission method:

*Submit via URL

This year we encourage online submissions. We prefer a link to watch online. Please remember to send us a password if necessary to view private videos. You can follow guidelines on Vimeo or Youtube for this.

* Submit via DVD

Submissions must be sent to us on DVD and programmed to play as a DVD Region 0 (region free) or Region 1 (US, Canada, US Territories) Please note that the following formats will not be considered this year: PAL, VHS, mini DV or CD-R (QuickTime MOV or MPG files).

Step 2: Fill out details in the film submission form for each film.

Step 3: Process payment (see submission fees below):

Regular Deadline postmarked by: May 1st 2011

* Individual Filmmaker: $25 / each film submission; Max: 2 submissions

* Student Filmmaker (18+): $10 w/ Student ID; Max: 2 submissions

* Youth Filmmaker (18 & under): FREE w/ proof of age; Max: 2 submissions

* Non-profit / Youth Media Organization: FREE; Max: 5 submissions

Step 4: Your submission will be complete once you receive a confirmation email including a reference number for each film and any further instructions.

Questions?

Contact festival@artsengine.net

http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/submit

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TU COMIDA EN EL PLATO DE ELLOS – WEFEEDBACK INVITA A REDES SOCIALES A ALIMENTAR A NIÑOS CON HAMBRE

April 27, 2011

ROMA – Una nueva e innovadora plataforma de medios sociales puesta en marcha por el Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) está usando el poder de los medios de comunicaciones sociales para recaudar fondos dirigidos a alimentar a decenas de miles de niños con hambre en todo el mundo.

 ”Los donativos de individuos son cada vez más importantes en la recaudación de fondos para los que sufren de hambre y WeFeedback está proporcionando un portal en este nuevo y valiente mundo de la filantropía”, dijo Nancy Roman, Directora de Comunicaciones, Políticas Públicas y Sector Privado del PMA. “WeFeedback le permite a la gente compartir comida y activar sus redes sociales, transformando algo tan simple como una taza de café o un sándwich en fondos que podrán cambiarle la vida para siempre a niños que padecen hambre”.

 WeFeedback invita a sus seguidores a través de una calculadora en línea, Calculadora Feedback, que les ayude a calcular la cantidad de niños que podrían alimentar si donaran el costo de alguna de sus comidas favoritas como el sushi, el helado, o un perro caliente. A través de redes sociales en línea, los seguidores de WeFeedback pueden realizar un seguimiento en tiempo real sobre la cantidad de niños que su comunidad está alimentando y saber cuáles son los alimentos que más están siendo donados en diferentes partes del mundo. 

 Desde su puesta en marcha, WeFeedback ha descubierto que los participantes de los Estados Unidos son los que más han compartido sushi, mientras que los líderes mundiales en compartir pizza no son los italianos sino los ciudadanos de Montenegro. Hasta ahora, uno de los alimentos que más se han compartido es el pastel de cumpleaños, pero los participantes también han compartido vino, capuchinos y burritos mexicanos.

 El PMA ha atraído a algunos partidarios de alto perfil de WeFeedback. La cantante estadounidense ganadora del Grammy, Christina Aguilera, y el recientemente nombrado Embajador contra el Hambre en Canadá y presentador de TV, George Stroumboulopoulos, son los mayores contribuyentes en América del Norte, mientras que la actriz Drew Barrymore, y el futbolista brasileño, Kaká – que compartieron su comida favorita, arroz y frijoles, – también están usando la Calculadora Feedback e invitando a sus fans a unirse a sus comunidades de WeFeedback. Estas tres estrellas son Embajadores contra el Hambre del PMA .

 El PMA promoverá WeFeedback, desarrollado conjuntamente con la Duffy Agency, como una campaña en marcha para la recaudación de fondos en apoyo a los programas de Alimentación Escolar que proveen a los niños con un almuerzo o merienda al día, o incluso con raciones para llevar a casa a sus familiares. Los programas de Alimentación Escolar son una manera comprobada y eficaz de entregar alimentos nutritivos para ayudar a que los niños desarrollen completamente su capacidad intelectual y física, además que les ayuda a concentrarse en sus clases- una inversión en las próximas generaciones.

 Unas cuantas semanas antes del lanzamiento, WeFeedback ya había recaudado suficiente dinero para alimentar a más de 100,000 niños. “Mientras WeFeedback continúa creciendo en popularidad, tenemos una oportunidad real de llegar a millones de niños con los alimentos y la nutrición que necesitan para crecer y desarrollar todo su potencial físico e intelectual”, agregó Roman.

 Hasta el momento, WeFeedback existe en los idiomas español,  francés, inglés e italiano. Entre los socios del sector privado que ya se han apuntado a la campaña WeFeedback figuran Microsoft, PayPal, la Agencia Duffy, y Foodspotting.

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 El PMA es la agencia humanitaria más grande del mundo que lucha contra el hambre. Cada año, en promedio, el PMA alimenta a más de 90 millones de personas en más de 70 países.  

 Visite http://www.wfp.org/es

Si desea recibir más información, diríjase a (nombre.apellido@wfp.org):

Alejandro López-Chicheri, PMA/Nueva York, Tel. +1 646 556 6910, Mob. +1 917 392 6159
Elio Rujano, PMA/América Latina, Tel. +507 3173900, Mov. +507 6677-0608
Emilia Casella, PMA/Ginebra, Tel. +41-22-9178564, Mov.  +41-792857304
Gregory Barrow, PMA/Roma, Tel. +39 06 6513 2330, Mov. +39 348 1325018
Caroline Hurford, PMA/Londres, Tel. +44-20-72409001, Mov.  +44-7968-008474
Bettina Luescher, PMA/Nueva York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mov.  +1-646-8241112
Rene McGuffin, PMA/Washington DC, Tel. +1- 202-6531149, Mov. +1- 202-3902579

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Make Magazine

April 26, 2011

MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

http://www.youtube.com/user/makemagazine

http://makezine.com/

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Cartoon Network Latin America y UNICEF suman fuerzas

April 26, 2011

Mediante anuncios de servicio público y un sitio web interactivo, una Campaña Verde alentará a los niños y niñas a esforzarse para proteger el medio ambiente.

En defensa del derecho de los niños y niñas a un medio ambiente sano y seguro, Cartoon Network Latin America y el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (UNICEF), la principal organización defensora de los derechos de la infancia de todo el mundo, se unen para celebrar el Día de la Tierra el 22 de abril. Los asociados estrenarán anuncios de servicio público y un sitio web interactivo en torno a las consignas Reducir, Reutilizar y Reciclar, que exhortarán a la audiencia de Cartoon Network de la región a “ponerse verde” y tomar medidas para mantener el ambiente limpio, seguro y sostenible.

Bajo la bandera del Movimiento Cartoon, la iniciativa de responsabilidad social de la red de entretenimiento, Cartoon Network Latin America y UNICEF llevarán el mensaje a más de 35 millones de hogares de toda América Latina y el Caribe.

“Nuestra asociación con Cartoon Network Latin America nos ayuda a transmitir un mensaje fundamental: que cada niño tiene derecho a un ambiente sano y seguro”, declaró el director regional de UNICEF, Bernt Aasen. “Los niños son agentes de cambio muy eficaces y es necesario escuchar su voz”, agregó. UNICEF tiene el mandato de aplicar la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño

Los divertidos anuncios de servicio público de la Campaña Verde presentan a algunos de los personajes más queridos de Cartoon Network en ámbitos reales. Al final de cada anuncio, una voz en off recuerda a los niños que “La vida no es un dibujo animado”, el concepto creativo del Movimiento Cartoon. Los anuncios animan a los televidentes a “actuar para salvar al planeta”.

Por ejemplo, el personaje Johnny Bravo se queda de repente sin agua mientras toma una ducha demasiado larga, lo que pone de relieve la necesidad de reducir el consumo de ese precioso recurso; Mandy rezonga a Billy por tirar al suelo una bolsa de plástico, para mostrar la necesidad de usar bolsas de compra reutilizables, y el reciclaje es el tema del anuncio protagonizado por Vilma, de Los Picapiedras, quien usa a la ligera un pelícano como cubo de basura en lugar de desechar como se debe los residuos domésticos.

También se invitará a los niños a “ponerse verdes” en el sitio de Internet (www.cartoonnetworkla.com) y crear sus propias historietas con consignas de la Campaña Verde, ayudados por datos útiles sobre los problemas ambientales y sugerencias de medidas que pueden tomar en su vida cotidiana. La campaña cuenta con el apoyo técnico del Earth Child Institute, una ONG internacional que procura “reforestar y energizar el mundo… un niño por vez” (http://www.earthchildinstitute.org/).

“Nos complace inaugurar la Campaña Verde del Movimiento Cartoon junto a UNICEF”, manifestó Barry Koch, vicepresidente senior y gerente general de Cartoon Network Latin America. “Las dos instituciones tenemos un compromiso con los derechos de los niños y aspiramos a brindarles diversión y formas innovadoras de participación como activistas reales. Ellos son los que harán una diferencia manteniendo a nuestro ambiente saludable, hoy y mañana”.

UNICEF y Cartoon Network firmaron en mayo de 2010 un acuerdo de asociación de tres años para promover los derechos y el bienestar de los niños y niñas en América Latina y el Caribe. El año pasado, la red donó 12 millones de dólares en tiempo de emisión para apoyar los programas de socorro de UNICEF tras los desastres naturales de Brasil, Chile y Haití, mientras que las competencias familiares Carrera Cartoon juntaron fondos para programas de UNICEF en Argentina, Colombia y México.

Los anuncios se estrenarán durante la jornada especial por el Día de la Tierra de Cartoon Network, –de las 9 a.m. a las 11:00 p.m. del 22 de abril–, en la que se exhibirán divertidos dibujos animados y la película ganadora del premio de la Academia sobre los pingüinos emperadores, Happy Feet, que ponen de relieve cuestiones ambientales. La maratón incluirá episodios con temas ambientales de Oscar’s Oasis, Las maravillosas desventuras de Flapjack, Master Raindrop y otros.

En el especial del Día de la Tierra también se presentarán otras iniciativas verdes que se pondrán en marcha en las semanas siguientes. El 1 de mayo, el Movimiento Cartoon estrenará un bloque regular de media hora de programación dedicado a cuestiones ambientales y otros temas sociales que se exhibirá en toda la región los domingos a las 8.30 a.m.

UNICEF trabaja sobre el terreno en más de 155 países y territorios para ayudar a los niños y las niñas a sobrevivir y avanzar en la vida, desde la primera infancia hasta la adolescencia. El mayor proveedor de vacunas para los países en desarrollo, UNICEF apoya la salud y la nutrición de la infancia, agua y saneamiento adecuados, educación básica de calidad para todos los niños y niñas, y la protección de los niños y las niñas contra la violencia, la explotación y el SIDA. UNICEF está financiado en su totalidad por las contribuciones voluntarias de individuos, empresas, fundaciones y gobiernos. La oficina regional de UNICEF tiene su sede en Panamá.

Cartoon Network América Latina es un servicio de televisión por cable y satélite de 24 horas de Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. que ofrece los mejores personajes animados y reales en dibujos, películas, videos musicales y videojuegos, en distintas plataformas que incluyen TV, Internet, eventos en vivo, licencias para productos y servicios móviles. El canal tiene la filmoteca de caricaturas más grande del mundo, con producciones originales como Las chicas superpoderosas, Ben 10, Las sombrías aventuras de Billy y Mandy, Chowder, Las maravillosas desventuras de Flapjack, Los sábados secretos, Ben 10: Fuerza alienígena, Hora de aventura, Generador Rex y Ben 10: Supremacía alienígena. Cartoon Network se estrenó el 30 de abril de 1993 y es visto en 35 millones de hogares, en español, portugués e inglés.

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Si desea obtener más información, comuníquese con:

Andrés López,
UNICEF – Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe
aalopez@unicef.org
Tel: +507 301 7478
www.unicef.org/lac

Larissa Pissarra,
Cartoon Network Latin America
larissa.pissarra@turner.com
Tel: +404 885 4398

www.CartoonNetworkLA.com

For the right to safe and inclusive sports

April 25, 2011

In an event held by UNICEF and partners, adolescents delivered a document to government authorities with recommendations for guaranteeing the right to safe and inclusive sports and the social legacy that the World Cup, the Olympics and Paralympics will bring to Brazil

 

© UNICEF Brazil/2011/Ratao Diniz “I hope the investments are not concentrated in the more noble areas and in large urban centres, but that they make it to the outskirts of the cities”,says Landerson Soares, 18, a resident of Cidade de Deus (City of God), a low-income neighbourhood in Rio

Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, April 12, 2011 – The right of each and every child to play, recreation and sport in a safe and healthy environment is enshrined in Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in Brazil, by the Statute of the Child and Adolescent.

 UNICEF promoted the “Meeting of Adolescents for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports”, held April 6-7 in Rio de Janeiro, to help ensure this right and discuss the social legacy that sports mega-events will leave for Brazil.

 A total of 202 adolescents and youth from 11 different states of Brazil where the 2014 World Cup will take place participated in the event.

 During the meeting, sport activities and workshops were held based on methodologies which stimulate inclusion and participation of girls and boys with different personal conditions and social and cultural backgrounds.

 The massive participation of girls during the event reflects their interest not only in sports activities but also in discussing sports policies for the country.

 As a result from guided discussions, participants produced a document reflecting their concerns and recommendations regarding the mega-events’ social legacy and public policies for social inclusion through sports and educational activities.

 The document, “Sports are not for some people, but for all!” was delivered to representatives from the federal, state and Rio municipal governments at the closing ceremony.

 The document states, “We are concerned that billions will be invested in the sports mega-events. We hope that this money is used not only for the games, but that it can also help improve the living conditions of children and adolescents all over the country”.

 Another important outcome of the meeting was the creation of the National Adolescents’ Network for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports – whose goal is to guarantee that the voices of adolescents are heard during the preparation for and the holding of these events.

 “You deserve the gold medal for exercising your right of letting the authorities know what you want”, said singer Daniela Mercury, UNICEF’s Brazil Ambassador, who attended the closing ceremony.

 Sixteen-year old Marco Antonio Vollet Marson is from Ponta Grossa, Paraná state, and plays basketball for the Paraná state and Brazilian national under-17 teams. At the Rio meeting, he began to look at sport from a different perspective. “Many adolescents do not have the right to sports. I want to raise awareness of the people in my state so that everyone can engage in small actions that can help to change this situation.”

 “Playing and having access to safe and inclusive sports cannot be a privilege of few, but a fundamental right of each child and adolescent”, said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Representative to Brazil. “The practice of sports is an important tool for children to develop their ability to solve problems. In addition, it can be an ally in the educational process, in actions against violence, racism, discrimination, and to promote social inclusion.”

 Sports for all – “It is very important to see so many people mobilizing for these great events that will take place in Brazil. But we have to take advantage of these opportunities to make people understand that integration between teachers and society is needed”, says Ana Moser, Volleyball Olympic medalist and founder of the Sports and Education Institute (IEE).

 “The concept of sports and education was meant for the elite. Today, it applies to everybody”, she celebrates.

Still, there are great challenges to guaranteedsafe and inclusive sports for

© UNICEF Brazil/2011/Ratao Diniz In the meeting, adolescents prepared and delivered to Brazilian authorities the document “Sports are not for some, but for all!” with their concerns and recommendations regarding the mega-events’ social legacy and public policies for social inclusion

 each child and adolescent . A resident of Cidade de Deus (City of God), a low-income neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Landerson Soares, 18, explains that his reality reflects the situation of other cities in the country.

 “We have 22 parks in Cidade de Deus. The majority has suffered the ravages of time, of neglect. We lack investment, improvements and conservation,” says Landerson.

 He highlights the importance of monitoring the use of public money in sports. “I hope investments are not concentrated in the more prosper areas and in large urban centres, but that they make it to the outskirts of the cities.”

 Landerson’s opinion illustrates the frustration that Franciele Zanquetta, 17, felt when she had to stop playing volleyball due to lack of public funds for sports.

 “I dreamt about being a volleyball player. When a new administration took over in Novo Hamburgo (Rio Grande do Sul state, in the South of the country), budget cuts affected the club for which I played. I had to stop, but that encouraged me to fight for the right to practice sports. I can be a spokesperson without being an athlete. Being here today means I am a winner”, says the adolescent.

 Social and Cultural Exchange – “Involvement, a way to bring people closer.” This is how Diego Gomes, from Heliópolis, São Paulo, 17, defines sports. When he was 10, he started playing volleyball and today he recognizes the importance of it in his life.

 “Sports gave me freedom; I got to see different realities, different people. I learned how to communicate, got to know different cultures. I try to learn something new every day”, says Diego.

 The meeting of the adolescents in Rio stimulated a great exchange of ideas among the adolescents who come from different cultural contexts.

 A good example is Aline Czezacki, 16, a student in Ponta Grossa (Paraná state). She says that she learned a lot from her peers at the meeting and that she will take that knowledge back to her state.

 “The participation of people from various states is important because everyone can communicate, interact, and exchange ideas. In the future, we will be able to evaluate what has improved and what still needs to be done,” says Manuel Sebastian, 17, who represented the Amazon state.

 The event was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Sports, the National Human Rights Secretariat, SESC Rio, NGO CEDAPS (Centre for Health Promotion), NGO IEE and IIDAC (International Institute for the Advancement of Citizenship Rights).

 For more information:

Alexandre Amorim, mailto: aamorin@unicef.org, UNICEF Brazil

Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean

www.unicef.org/lac

www.unicef.org/brazil

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About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments

Earth Day Network

April 20, 2011

About Us

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

But Earth Day Network does not stop there.

All of EDN’s activities, whether greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. With its partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels. At every turn, EDN works to broaden the definition of “environment” to include all issues that affect our health, our communities and our environment, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.

Para más información visita: http://www.earthday.org

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Rearmemos la Vida de los Niños y Niñas – Chile

April 19, 2011

UNICEF ha desplegado ayuda en las zonas más devastadas por el terremoto y tsunami del 27 de febrero del 2010, consistente en la entrega de alimentos, útiles de aseo e higiene personal y pañales desechables a las regiones del Maule, Biobío y La Araucanía. UNICEF trabaja ahora junto con las autoridades de gobierno y ONG´s por la recuperación emocional de la niñez y adolescencia y los servicios de agua y saneamiento de las comunidades más afectadas por el terremoto y el tsunami.

Ver más información http://www.unicef.cl/terremotochile/index.php

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Como luchar contra la intimidación cibernética?

April 19, 2011

Quizás fue una broma – un poco fuerte. O quizás fue muy directo. Cuando se trata de intimidación cibernética, sabes que lo es cuando lo ves. Y si tu hijo es el objetivo, vas a querer hacer todo lo que puedas para mejorar la situación. Pero, como padres, maestros, administradores de escuelas, e incluso oficiales de la ley, en relación a manejar la intimidación cibernética nos ha sido difícil dar consejos concretos sobre qué hacer si le pasa a un hijo nuestro.

Todos podemos estar de acuerdo en que no se quiere empeorar la situación Y mientras su hijo pueda querer defenderse, lo mejor es que no se involucre. De cualquier manera, los pasos siguientes pueden ayudar a los niños a calmar la situación, protegerse, y con suerte ponerle un alto a la intimidación por internet.

Consejos para mantenerte seguro

  • Desconectarse de la computadora. Lo mejor es ignorar los ataques y alejarse de la intimidación cibernética.
  • No responder o tomar represalias. Si estás enojado y respondes, podrías decir cosas desagradables. Los intimidadores cibernéticos usualmente solo quieren provocar una reacción de tu parte, no los dejes saber que su plan funcionó.
  • “Blockea” al intimidador. Si te llegan mensajes hirientes por medio de IM o una red social, saca a la persona de tu lista de amigos. También, puedes borrar los mensajes de los intimidadores sin leerlos..
  • Guarda e imprime los mensajes intimidantes. Si el acoso continúa guarda la evidencia. Esto podría ser una prueba importante que le puedes mostrar a tus padres o maestros si la intimidación no cesa.
  • Habla con un amigo. Cuando alguien te quiere hacer sentir mal, algunas veces puede ayudar hablar sobre la situación con un amigo o amiga.
  • Cuéntale a un adulto confiable. Un adulto confiable es alguien quien tú crees te escuchara y tiene las habilidades, disposición y autoridad para ayudarte. Decirle a alguien que cumpla con esta descripción lo que está pasando no es chisme – es defenderte por ti mismo. E incluso si la intimidación ocurre en casa, tu escuela probablemente tiene reglas en contra de eso.

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