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June 16, 2017

The latest UNICEF Report Card Building the Future is the first report to assess the status of children in rich countries in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It ranks countries based on their performance and details the challenges and opportunities that rich countries face in achieving interdependent global commitments for children, shared economic prosperity and a sustainable environment 

In ourIrish Info-graphic Guide to UNICEF Report Card 14, we show that Ireland does comparatively well in some aspects of child and youth well-being and lags behind in others, ranking 11th out of 41 countries.  

One of the most alarming findings in the report is the high rate of teen suicide. Ireland is ranked fourth highest in the EU/OECD region. For girls the finding is even more stark as Ireland has the highest rate of girls dying by suicide in Europe.  Recent cuts in youth mental health facilities is a cause for serious concern.  

The report also shows a w...

July 17, 2016

I'm sure many of you have seen the recent Global Goals Video promoting gender equality, if not take a look. 

Twenty years after the Spice Girls’ produced Wannabe, the song has been repurposed to promote UN global goals including education, gender equality, equal pay for equal work, child marriage and an end to violence against women.“I think this film is a wonderful idea,” said former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. “How fabulous it is that after 20 years the legacy of the Spice Girls’ girl power is being used to encourage and empower a whole new generation?”The video is being launched by Project Everyone, the campaign which aims to eradicate poverty, injustice and fight climate change.

Tell us your thoughts on this video. 

July 17, 2016

What is your favourite school activity? #EmergencyLessons

Have you ever been vaccinated at school? For M’mah and Adamah from Forecariah, Guinea, school proved life-saving. During the #Ebola outbreak, they received vital information about the disease at schools and via the radio. When schools were closed, classes continued via radio. To find out how they and their communities beat the disease visit www.emergencylessons.ie #EmergencyLessons

June 17, 2016

Malak and Rapu will never underestimate the value of friendship. After fleeing their homes in Iraq and Syria, they became good friends at a school for displaced children in Erbil, Iraq. Check out our second #EmergencyLessons video – and share to celebrate the importance of education in crisis and conflict. Find out more at www.emergencylessons.ie
 

May 29, 2016

 

Obesity and Hunger -How is it that we live in a world that has nearly one billion people who are undernourished and an equal number who are overweight or obese?

 

Never before has the world been able to over supply people with cheap, mass-produced foods. This has led to a global epidemic of 2 billion people overweight or obese. While at the same time we have nearly a billion people still going hungry in the world. This is seriously effecting our global wellbeing. Obesity, causes expensive health problems like heart disease and diabetes. While food scarcity, causes high food prices, malnutrition, hunger and social instability (war). On top of this is the growing environmental impact of our mass food production which is limiting future options. With global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, we urgently need to create a sustainable food future. Doing this will take increased production of nutrient rich food on less land, using less water—and methods to distribute food to peop...

May 17, 2016

Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a new UNICEF report. The report, “Education under Fire,” focuses on the impact of violence on schoolchildren and education systems in nine countries* that have been directly or indirectly impacted by violence. Attacks on schools and education infrastructure – sometimes deliberate – are one key reason why many children do not attend classes. In Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya alone, nearly 9,000 schools are out of use because they have been damaged, destroyed, are being used to shelter displaced civilians or have been taken over by parties to the conflict. In Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, more than 700,000 Syrian refugee children are unable to attend school because the overburdened national education infrastructure cannot cope with the extra student load. #EmergencyLessons 

May 3, 2016

The DCU Ryan Academy are looking to send 20 hackathon enthusiasts to "SpaceHack" - a major international hackathon taking place in Berlin on 4th & 5th June.

They will pay for your flights, accommodation and hackathon tickets. The theme of SpaceHack is "The Refugee Journey" - how can technology make living conditions better for refugees. Europe’s best business minds, designers, engineers, coders, architects and urban planners (with and without refugee status) are gathering to discover how technology can improve living conditions for displaced people around the world.

Spacehack is organised by Factory Berlin and funded by the Welcome project and Startup Europe under the EU Commission. Applications are open now and will close on Friday 6th May.
 

The hackathon brings together Europe’s best designers, coders, architects and urban planners (with and without refugee status) to discover how technology can improve living conditions for displaced people around the world. They are opening...

April 24, 2016

UNICEF’s Report Card measures the wellbeing of children in high income countries. Children are our most vulnerable members of society and as such deserve our protection and the prioritisation of their needs. Through International comparison we can see what is achievable in practice and in the real world for children. By looking at the policies implemented in the highest ranking countries we can learn how to achieve the best for children. We can also learn from our weaknesses where we need to improve.

 

Last years Report Card 12 showed what happens to children during a recession when they are not prioritised by policy makers. Many, leave education and training, are underemployed and fall in to poverty. Through neglect of their needs they can very quickly become a lost generation.

 

When you are suffering from economic transition, downturn or turbulence  it is vital to prioritise and protect the growing minds and bodies of young. This is critical for the well being of children today and soci...

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