UNICEF Day for Change 2013

UNICEF ‘Day for Change’ – Friday 8 February 2013

As part of our work to become a Rights Respecting School we wanted to share the work we have been doing in school with parents. Over the last few weeks teachers sent home a small piece of homework for you to work on with your child. This work has been about raising awareness of UNICEF Children’s Rights and Responsibilities, and how it impacts on the life of every child across the world.

Friday 8th February is UNICEF Day for Change and this year the focus is on food – how in parts of the world lots of children go hungry. As a school we will be exploring this issue as part of raising awareness and understanding articles 24 and 27 – that all children have a right to enough food.

UNICEF is part of our fundraising initiative this year and we would be very grateful if pupils could bring in £1 donation. On the day we want to make a Rainbow of Colours to mark that this is our ‘change’ from wearing a school uniform.  Please can we ask for your help in enabling pupils to come to school wearing something with the following colour on 8 February: Nursery & P1 need to wear Red, P2 need to wear orange, P3 need to wear yellow, P4 need to wear white, P5 need to wear blue, P6 need to wear indigo, purple or violet and P7 need to wear green.  Keep your fingers crossed for good weather as we will be creating our whole school rainbow in the playground at John Muir Campus.

Kumani and her family stand among their crops, which provide them and the local community with nutritious food. Their future is looking more positive, but millions of families are less fortunate and still suffer the harsh reality of hunger every day. Twin sisters Toma and Faltouma are 10 months old. They live in Chad, where drought has led to a severe food shortage. At their age they should be getting plenty of nutritious food to grow and develop. Instead, like millions of children around the world, they often have to go to bed hungry, and are malnourished. Luckily, Toma and Faltouma have been able to get help at a UNICEF supported health centre. Your pound can really help Toma and Faltouma. Follow the link to read the full story and see more photos.