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Monday 20 July 2020

COVID-19 LEAVES $6.2 BILLION DOLLAR GAP IN EDUCATION FOR AFRICA’S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN

July 13th - As countries are expected to shift funds in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, the global pandemic threatens to cause an additional gap of at least 6.2 billion dollars in investments in education in Sub-Saharan region over the next 18 months, Save the Children warned in a new report launched today. Globally, the gab in education spending could be as high as $77 billion. Deep budget cuts to education combined with rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force millions of children out of school forever, with millions more falling behind in learning. Girls are likely to be much worse affected than boys, with many forced into child marriage.

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Every child needs a safe space to play, learn, socialize and express themselves - Shalome's Story

Shalome, 14, lives in Mahama Refugee Camp and creates art to sensitize his community on COVID-19 as part of an awareness campaign. With this aim, Shalome,was spotted drawing with a pencil at one of Save the Children’s Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) on June 4, 2020. Since 2015, Save the Children has operated a CFS in Mahama Refugee Camp to give children a protected environment to play, learn, socialize, and express themselves. As of February 2020, before measures were put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, 8,625 children attended the CFS.

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Kami's journey to healing and growth

After fleeing conflict in Burundi, Kami*,14, and her family relocated to Mahama Refugee Camp in 2015. Kami lives with her mother, father and two siblings. When Kami was 1 year old, she contracted meningitis resulting in cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is sometimes linked with cognitive impairment which includes decision-making and behavioral issues. To add to these health conditions, Kami endured sexual violence and defilement at the age of 14. In the past, Kami has run away from home and been sexually abused while in the community.

Friday 17 April 2020

Rwanda child friendly animation video: During this COVID19 pandemic every child can be a superhero

In an effort to slow transmission rates of COVID-19 Save the Children Rwanda on the 16th of April launched an animated handwashing video, aimed at young children and families in Rwanda. This Animated Video, narrated by a young Rwandan girl child in Kinyarwanda with English subtitles, features an African girl child character taking us through steps in how every child can be a superhero in these times of coronavirus.

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Alarm grows in Africa as continent records its 10,000th case of COVID-19

Some of the most vulnerable children and their families across Africa who depend on the informal economy for their livelihoods are and will increasingly be impacted by measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, Save the Children is warning, as the number of people on the continent infected with COVID-19 reached 10,000 yesterday

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