Save the Children Federation

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Apr 18, 2011

Quality Education and Safer Schools in Haiti

Raising the quality of education and constructing safer schools for Haiti's children are at the center of Save the Children's plans for creating lasting change.

The Institut Abellard in Léogâne is a model of innovative construction techniques that make the school structure more hurricane and earthquake-resistant and therefore safer for the children who learn within its walls.  This school is the first of its kind and serves as an example of best practices of design and construction.  The techniques have been studied by both private builders and non-governmental organizations as a prototype for building other schools around the country.

Attached please find Save the Children's most recent report on education and school construction programs in Haiti.

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Apr 13, 2011

Virginia Kids Connect with Campaign

At the Baliapur primary school, 530 students share a single pit latrine. The toilet is old that it can no longer be cleaned easily; the smell is unbearable and permeates across the school yard. Dr. Ataur Rahman of Save the Children’s School Health and Nutrition Program in Bangladesh explains “the latrine is so dirty that children and teachers rarely use it. Instead, they leave school to use toilets at home, missing important time in the classroom. And, if children do use the latrine, it is difficult to wash their hands after as the hand pump is located at a distance.” It was here that Save the Children’s Global Giving campaign for water and sanitation began with a video between children in Baliapur, Bangladesh, and children in Arlington, Virginia. The schools are now corresponding.

Last week, Dr. Ataur and others from Save the Children’s School Health and Nutrition team visited a school about one hour from Baliapur- Nikrail Primary School. The purpose of their visit was to orient teachers, school management committee members, parents and others to the new School Health and Nutrition Program which would bring hygiene education, health services i.e deworming, vitamin A & iron supplementation, vision screening, first aid and other essential services to the school.

“Teachers, parents and school administrators were very excited about the new program,” says Dr. Ataur. “We know from experience that increasing knowledge and awareness goes a long way in preventing the illnesses which make it difficult for children to attend school and to learn. But infrastructure is also critical- it is the hope of parents in Nikrail, and hundreds of other schools like it, that we will mobilize the resources to ensure every school child has access to a clean toilet and safe water.”


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Mar 18, 2011

Save the Children opens first child-friendly space in Sendai, Japan

Save the Children has opened the first child-friendly space in Sendai, Japan, less than five days after the city was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
 
The space opened Wednesday in a primary school currently being used as an evacuation center.  Supervised by Save the Children staff, it contains toys and games aimed at 5-12 year olds affected by the disaster. 
 
Child-friendly spaces are protective environments where children can gather to play and talk about their experiences with supervisors and each other, allowing them to establish a routine in a chaotic situation.
 
Play and routine are recognized as important ways for children to overcome traumatic experiences.
 
The supervised play areas also give parents time to concentrate on finding food, search for missing relatives and meet other pressing needs in the aftermath of a disaster.
 
Steve McDonald, Save the Children’s team leader in Sendai said: “Children we’ve met are having nightmares and are terrified of another tsunami. It’s essential that we do everything to help them come to terms with what’s happened to them, and that’s where the child-friendly spaces and other activities come in.”
 
“Parents in Sendai can now leave their children in a safe place as they start putting their lives back together. This will be the first in a network of child friendly spaces across the affected area.”
 
Save the Children is planning on setting up more child-friendly spaces over the coming days to complement the Japanese government-led relief effort helping the affected population. 
 
Up to 100,000 children were displaced by last week’s earthquake, which triggered devastating tsunamis and damaged nuclear power facilities on Japan’s east coast.
 
The displaced population are living in some 2,500 evacuation centers set up across northeastern Japan in recent days. 
 
Save the Children’s relief operation is being run from Tokyo, with an operational base in Sendai, the closest city to the earthquake’s epicenter. 

Donate now to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's relief efforts and responses to children's ongoing and urgent needs. 


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