If barriers are eliminated and there is positive interaction between the children with disabilities and the broader environment, there will be greater opportunities for personal empowerment, social participation and inclusion.
Today starts the World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding is the most effective intervention to prevent child deaths. With proper breastfeeding practices, at least 13 percent of deaths in children under five years could be avoided.
"When I finish school, I wish to go to university to study law. I dream of becoming the Minister of Justice one day. I would like to provide justice for the poor and make sure their rights are protected." - Helder(14) --- http://www.unicef.org/mozambique/media_11355.html
"My oldest sister dropped out of school when she became pregnant. I will not follow her example, and won’t have a boyfriend before I finish school. My mother has taught me how to say no if I don’t like something. I love going to school to get an education. " - Anissa (13) --- http://www.unicef.org/mozambique/media_11363.html
"With my education I will be able to help others. I will also be able to get a proper job and take care of my family. My first salary will go entirely to my parents because they have taught me about the importance of going to school, which is the future for Mozambique.” -- http://www.unicef.org/mozambique/media_11361.html
"There are people that did not study and as a result are now in the streets begging. I would like to continue studying to become a role model for the children that perhaps do not value education." - Raissa(13)
"I dream of becoming a renowned journalist" -- Raissa is 13 years old and is a regular child-to-child radio reporter, who hosts, along with other young people, a weekly children’s programme called ‘Voices of Youth’ at Chibuto’s community radio station. This is her story. -- http://www.unicef.org/mozambique/media_11359.html
"I dream of defending the rights of the poorest in my country" -- Fourteen-year-old Helder Pecho Cossa loves going to school and learning; he loves drawing, singing and learning the English language; and he is passionate about information technology and computers. This is his story. -- http://www.unicef.org/mozambique/media_11355.html
Mozambique probability to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 2 - "Achieve Universal Primary Education", is low. By 2015, all girls and boys in Mozambique will not be able to complete a full cycle of primary education. Only 50 per cent of children in Mozambique complete primary education. Which means that the rest 50 per cent either dropped out even before they could learn to read and write or will lapse back to illiteracy.
No child should go to bed hungry. But how do we take the most basic right to survival and weave it through the complex maze of social policy analysis? Find the answer for this and other social policy questions on "The Chapa Blog" at http://www.thechapa.org/
Mozambique is likely to achieve 13 of the 21 Millennium Development Goal targets, according to the national 2011 Millennium Development Goal Progress Report, including targets related to universal primary education, HIV, malaria, other diseases and global partnerships. --- http://www.unicef.org.mz/annualreport2011/index_chapters_02.html