Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Helping peers in learning at school

Epifania (11) is one of many students in her school
benefitting from the Child Friend Schools (CFS) approach,
known as “Eskola Foun” in local language. ©UNICEF Timor-Leste/2015/Sgmartins
Like today, every afternoon Epifania (11), works together with her  peers and classmates to complete their homework at her house in Aiteas Suco (village) of Manatuto district which is 67 kilometre east of Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.

With care and patience, Epifania leads and guides her peers and classmates to complete their weekly tasks and assignments. Epifania Gomes, is a 6th grade student of the Ensinio Basico Filial Rentau School in Manatuto district of Timor-Leste.

Friday, August 28, 2015

“Fetching Two Buckets of Water”- Extracts of Field Diary

During mid-August’15, I much enjoyed as UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste to make my first visit to Oe-Cusse, which is an enclave located 80 km west of contiguous East Timor, surrounded by Indonesian West Timor, comprising about 15 per cent of Timor-Leste’s territory.  Timor-Leste is the second youngest country in the world, and is faced with multiple  development challenges.  Nearly half of its population is younger than 18, and about 70 per cent of the population live in rural areas.

UNICEF Representative Desiree  Jongsma spend time with
 the students in the newly constructed school building of Escola 
Basica Filial Baocnana in Oe-Cusse. Leste/2015/Rbhusal

Wherever I worked for UNICEF - whether in Cambodia, India, Laos, North-Korea, Sierra Leone, and Sri Lanka, or now currently in Timor-Leste - visiting our work on the ground is very helpful to understand the challenges faced by our supported programmes. In particular, it helps me to better plan and monitor our concerted efforts towards contributing to an equity focused future for children and their families.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Washing hands in a group - an initiative to promote healthy hygiene practice in school

Children are lined up, approaching as a group to the handwashing facility set at the school yard before they have their midday meal at the Escola Basica Filial Vila Verde School. The six meter long tub with running water and soap hanged in front, provides access to the students to wash hands with soap.  The class teacher keeps an eye on that student’s maintained discipline and wash their hands with soap in an appropriate manner. This is an everyday scenario at the school now a days before mid-day meal. 

“The aim of the initiative is to improve health of the children in our school by introducing appropriate and affordable handwashing facility,” said Adelaide de Sá Benevides, 62, School Coordinator. This practice will not only protect children from the disease but also help them to develop safe hygiene practice in their everyday life,” she continued.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Immunization campaign gaining momentum to protect children of Timor-Leste

Hera sub-district is half an hour drive from Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. Today’s morning is different than any other days for the inhabitants of this small township. The playground in front of the Hera Primary School is already full of children and parents. The presence of local popular singer brings festivity to the event.

Like many mothers, Flanita de Jesus (22) and Ilda de Carvalho (19) are also awaiting with their babies to receive free vaccines against diseases such as measles, rubella, and polio.

Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, the Prime Minster of Timor-Leste
 inaugurated the immunization campaign
by giving polio drops to a student in Hera, Dili.
© WHO Timor-Leste/2015/Kreidy
Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste inaugurates the immunization campaign by administrating an injection to a boy in presence of the Health Minister Dr. Maria do Céu Sarmento Pina da Costa, Education Minister Dulce de Jesus Soares, WHO Representative Dr. Rajesh Pandav, UNICEF Representative Desiree M. Jongsma and other dignitaries.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bringing good nutrition to the most in need

Malnutrition is a major concern in Timor-Leste with 50.2 per cent childhood stunting.  UNICEF is working with the most vulnerable families to combat malnutrition in partnership with the government and supported by the European Union. 

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