Statement by UNICEF Ireland on school closures

The following can be attributed to UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power DUBLIN 5 January 2021 – “The expected closure of schools for the month of January, while understandable, will impact children negatively and it must be a short-term measure. UNICEF Ireland wants schools to reopen as soon as possible, in order to mitigate the … Continued

STATEMENT: Teachers should be prioritised for vaccination against COVID-19

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore NEW YORK, 15 December 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe. Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting it back on track. “At their peak in late April 2020, nationwide school closures disrupted the learning of almost 90 per cent of … Continued

Child poverty will remain above pre-COVID levels for at least five years in high-income countries – UNICEF report

In high-income countries, only 2 per cent of fiscal stimulus was allocated specifically to support children during the first wave of COVID-19; a better balance of spending that provides more direct support to children is urgently needed Pre-Covid data shows children in Ireland benefitting from economic recovery, but wellbeing must be protected through maintaining investments … Continued

Taoiseach celebrates World Children’s Day with 15-year-old #KidsTakeOver winner and activist

Ministers O’Gorman, Foley, Coveney and McEntee host virtual conversations An Taoiseach Micheál Martin listens to UNICEF Ireland’s #KidsTakeOver winner Ruairí (15) speak about his views on homophobia, and how to tackle the problem, on the occasion of World Children’s Day 2020, November 20 © Merrion St UPDATED Dublin 20 Nov 2020 – An Taoiseach Micheál Martin … Continued

UNICEF Calls For Averting A Lost Generation As Covid-19 Threatens To Cause Irreversible Harm To Children’s Education, Nutrition And Well-Being

Children and adolescents account for 1 in 9 of reported COVID-19 infections, according to new analysis released ahead of World Children’s Day   DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 19 November 2020 – UNICEF warned in a new report today of significant and growing consequences for children as the COVID-19 pandemic lurches toward a second year. Released ahead of … Continued

Children join UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors David Beckham, Orlando Bloom and Millie Bobby Brown in conversations for World Children’s Day  

Youth advocates raise their voices and reimagine post-pandemic world for children    Videos available to download here on release   NEW YORK, 13 November 2020 – Children and young people from around the world will join UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Ishmael Beah, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown and Priyanka Chopra Jonas for virtual conversations in celebration of World Children’s Day.    In the … Continued

Worldwide Measles Deaths Climb 50% from 2016 to 2019 Claiming Over 207,500 Lives in 2019

Mixed picture for Ireland, where Covid-19 has paused recent growth in measles cases, but risk of future increase remains DUBLIN/NEW YORK/ GENEVA/ ATLANTA, 12 November 2020 – Measles surged worldwide in 2019 reaching highest number of reported cases in 23 years.  Highlighted in a publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Anxious students and parents voice health fears, seek new supports ahead of schools reopening 

Survey reveals concerns around lack of communication, facilities and resources NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 July 22nd  Dublin 22.07.2020 – ISSU, NCPPP, IGC, and UNICEF are urgently calling on the Government to provide the additional resources students need this Autumn, as preparations continue for the safe reopening of schools after COVID-19 closures. There are serious concerns … Continued

UNICEF, ISSU, NPCPP and IGC seek enhanced resources for students returning to school in September

Groups representing students, parents and Guidance Counsellors join together to advocate for students  Dublin 01.07.2020 – COVID-19 poses serious threats to the Education Sector. ISSU, NPCPP, UNICEF and IGC are calling for an urgent and proactive response from the new Minister for Education, Norma Foley, to address the challenges ahead for students, parents/guardians, guidance counsellors and school staff … Continued

STATEMENT: An additional 51,000 children under the age of five might die in the Middle East and North Africa by end of 2020 due to COVID-19’s disruption in primary health care

Calls to support frontline health workers and systems to increase children’s access to basic health services From Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa and Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region AMMAN, 15 June 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic is putting health systems under unprecedented … Continued