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Press Centre (10/2013)

UNICEF on Global Handwashing Day: A simple solution with far-reaching benefits the power is in our hands

NEW YORK, 15 October 2013 - As the world observes the 6th annual Global Handwashing Day, new figures from UNICEF say 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene. "The simple act of handwashing with soap is one of the most effective ways to save children's lives," said Sanjay Wijesekera, global head of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes. "Washing hands before eating and after defecation drastically reduces the spread of diarrhoeal disease and has far reaching effects on the health and welfare of children and communities."

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On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more girls in school and learning

NEW YORK, 11 October 2013 - To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.

Despite the decreasing number of girls out of school, too many around the world are still denied a quality education and a chance to reach their full potential. Evidence shows that even a single year of secondary school for a girl correlates with as much as a 25 per cent increase in her future earnings. But today, millions of girls are still out of school, including 31 million primary school aged girls.

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To eliminate child labour, attack it at its roots, UNICEF says

BRASILIA, 8 October 2013 - As the III Global Conference on Child Labour kicks off here, UNICEF says an integrated approach by governments, international organizations, civil society, private sector and children and their families is the key to ending child labour.

UNICEF welcomed recent figures from ILO showing that child labour for children aged five to 17 years old has declined by a third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. This is good news, as child labour is a serious child rights violation with lifelong negative consequences for children's physical, mental and social development.

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Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov plays in preschool in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 28 October 2013 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov, a world renowned violinist and conductor, visited the Gülen Üstünel Preschool during his travel to Turkey in order to support the "A Child is in Preschool Education with TL 25 Once A Month" fundraising campaign.

The campaign aims at increasing the enrolment and attendance of disadvantaged children to preschool education and day care institutions and the number of families sending their children to these institutions. The implementation takes place in 10 pilot provinces (Adana, Ağrı, Ankara, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Hatay, İzmir, Mersin, Şanlıurfa and Van) while awareness building activities takes place nationwide with the participation of public and private sectors, civil society and the media.

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With "3-4-5 Choose Early Education", Another The Most Disadvantaged 12.000 Children were introduced to free preschool education!

İstanbul, 4 October 2013- Education opportunity was given to 12.000 children who were not able to benefit from qualified early childhood education because of financial imposibilities. In 80 provinces, 23.000 teachers attended to current "Preschool Education Programme Implementer Education".

While aiming to increase awareness in both authorities and families with communication campaign, at the same time, "A Child is in Preschool Education with TL 25 A Month" donation incentive campaign was conducted. At the beginning of project, it was aimed to include 3000 children, who live in difficult conditions, to free education, then, at the end of the project, the number of children who benefited from donation incentive exceeded 11000.

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Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN,1 October 2013 - UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 12 children in an air attack on a secondary school in Raqqa, north east Syria, on 29 September. Reports from the scene say a total of 14 people most of them students   were killed in the attack on the Ibn Tufail Commercial Secondary School at around 8 a.m on Sunday - the first day of the new school year.

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