Futures at risk

Fortunately, for Aumu village they have one teacher who teaches elementary through to grade 2. They also have a volunteer phonics teacher who gives up her personal time to ensure children of the village learn to read and write at a basic level.

The same cannot be said for Aivai’i and Kae-Varia. The village children are said to make long-distance trips by river, to and fro, to the nearest schools in other villages such as Evara.

Many choose to forgo the commute and remain at home, in the village.

Hope for Ahi children

Chairman of Ahi Investment Ltd, George Gware, said a strong foundation needs to be set today so the children of the six Ahi villages of Butibam, Hengali, Kamkumung, Yanga, Wagang and Yalu can have hope for tomorrow.

This is why Ahi Group Ltd named their foundation, Ahi Hope.

Gware made this statement during the presentation of K2.5 million from Ahi Investment Ltd to Ahi Prudential Development at the Lae International Hotel on Saturday.

UNICEF concern for children

“Children involved in political rallies are vulnerable to violence, road accidents and unhealthy behaviour, such as the use of alcohol,” said Dr. Claudes Kamenga, UNICEF Representative, Papua New Guinea.  
“UNICEF calls upon politicians as well as parents and caregivers to ensure that no child is exposed to unnecessary harm and that the political campaign is conducted respecting the rights of children.”   

Vaccinating children crucial - top Fiji health official

It comes amid concerns raised by the Health Ministry and the public at the rate of children dying from the virus in Fiji.

So far about 10 young people have succumbed to the Delta variant, with the latest victims a six-month-old boy and an 11-year-old girl among the dead reported last weekend.

Fiji's chief medical advisor Dr Jemesa Tudravu said vaccinating children would also be a crucial factor in deciding when schools reopen

Schools have been closed since April this year.

'Global epidemic' of childhood inactivity

The World Health Organization says children's health is being damaged as well as their brain development and social skills.

It says failing to take the recommended hour a day of exercise is a universal problem in rich and poor countries.

Boys were more active than girls in all but four of the 146 countries studied.

What exercise counts?

Pretty much anything that makes the heart beat more quickly and the lungs breathe harder.

It could include:

Child among dead in Japan stabbing

At least 16 people have been injured in the mass attack and at least two people are reportedly dead. Police have confirmed one girl has died.

The suspect reportedly stabbed himself in the neck and was later detained. He has now died from his injuries.

The motive for the attack is unknown.

Police responding to the violent incident recovered two knives, said NHK.

Children get traumatised in violent homes: Magistrate

Senior Magistrate, Albert Daniels, said: “If you are a dad, I want you to know that if your daughter has seen you violently behaving towards her mum, she doesn’t trust you anymore to look after her.

“If your son has seen you violent towards his mum, he has experienced trauma too, it will show when he grows into an adult and follows your example. So think about how your actions today will affect the future,” he said.

Digicel lends timely help to 50 HART children with back to school items

Digicel staff got together and contributed general school stationary items while Star Printery gave all the exercise books to the children.

Digicel Fiji CEO, Mike Greig made the presentation and met the children and encouraged them to do their best in school this year.

“This is an excellent gesture at the start of the year, I want to thank Digicel Fiji staff who took pride and made an effort to buy stationary and help some needy children in our community,” said Greig.

Around 5,000 homeless children in NCD

Pake and his wife run the biggest orphanage in the city, which currently accommodates 54 children.

They not only accommodate, they also educate those unfortunate children and even cater for up to 100 children on weekends during its street beat programs.

A program that started almost 10 years ago, Life PNG Care is on a mission of rehabilitation at its home that provides accommodation for those vulnerable children, advocates for child protection and runs the street beat program.

Concerns raised over safety of Hela children, women

The Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC), a sectoral committee of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC), is appealing to community leaders, tribal leaders and individuals, including men, to put an end to the fighting and pursue conflict resolution so that much needed humanitarian support and government assistance can continue into the province.