The Addis Ababa Say Yes for Children School Campaign Launched at the Sheraton

The Addis Ababa Say Yes for Children School Campaign Launched at the Sheraton Addis

 

The Addis Ababa Education Bureau, UNICEF and the Sheraton Addis with primary school students aged 7-12, yesterday launched the Addis Ababa Say Yes for Children School Campaign.

 

Say Yes for Children is an international campaign launched in April 2001 through which children and adults around the world are speaking out on 10 imperative actions necessary for improving the lives of children. The results of the campaign will be presented in May 2002 at the re-scheduled confrenc on Children in New York, according to UNICEF.

 

Drawn from 30 Addis Ababa primary schools, the children registered their priority issues for improving the lives of children in

Ethiopia. With the assistance of their teachers they will implement the campaign among their schoolmates. Through coordination by the Addis Ababa Education Bureau, the Say Yes for Children Campaign will be implemented in the city's public schools. The voices of Ethiopian school children will be among the millions collected internationally that will be presented before the Special Session on Children, said UNICEF.

 

Close to 50,000 Say Yes for Children pledges were collected in Ethiopia during 2001.  Pledges will continue to be gathered during the months leading up to the Special Session.

 

The event took place in the context of the Global Movement for Children, a broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to children's rights and well-being.