Liberia among 18 Countries Reported for Abuse against Children

first_imgOn June 14, this year in Barnersville, Monrovia, 19-year-old Liberian student attempted to end his life by swallowing four valium tablets because his friends taunted him, bullying him for his reported failure to have immigrated to Canada. “I want to die…leave me to die…let me die!” the half-conscious young man was cried, simply because of the teasing from his friends.This account seems rather isolated but, a new poll conducted by UNICEF and their partners shows that more than nine out of 10 young people believe bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities; and two-thirds say they have experienced bullying firsthand. The poll was conducted through U-Report, a rapidly growing youth engagement tool that provides a platform for over 2 million young ‘U-Reporters’ from more than 20 countries. Through the poll, young people were asked via SMS, Facebook and Twitter a series of questions relating to the impact of bullying in their community, their own personal experiences of bullying and what they think can be done to end this type of violence. More than 100,000 U-Reporters, recruited by partners such as the Scouts and Girl Guides, with an estimated age of 13-30, participated in the poll, including young people from Senegal, Mexico, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mozambique, Ukraine, Chile, Malaysia, Nigeria, Swaziland,Pakistan, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Indonesia, Zambia and through the Global U-Report channel. “Bullying, including online bullying, remains a largely misunderstood risk to the wellbeing of children and young people,” said UNICEF’s Senior Adviser on Child Protection, Theresa Kilbane. “To end this type of violence, we must improve public awareness of the harmful impact of bullying, equip teachers, parents and peers with the skills to identify risks and report incidents, and provide care and protection for victims.”Other findings from the U-Report poll said: One-third of respondents thought being bullied was normal so they did not tell anyone; the majority of respondents who reported being victims of bullying said they were bullied because of their physical appearance. Bullying was also attributed to gender or sexual orientation and ethnicity; and one quarter of victims said they did not know who to tell.Over eight in 10 respondents believe that raising awareness, including through teacher training, will help children to feel comfortable reporting bullying is one way to address the issue in schools. The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) works to engage children and adolescents on the impact of bullying as part of its global End Violence Against Children initiative including through the U-Report platform and through global social media campaigns (#ENDViolence). UNICEF, together with its partners, also work to strengthen education systems in schools and establish strong referral systems for child welfare.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘He’s cheap and would be a real coup for Arsenal’ – Young Guns blog

first_imgHere, Arsenal fan and Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson explains why defender Kostas Manolas is the right man for Arsenal…Whether you believe or disbelieve reports he’s had a medical or is in London for talks, Arsenal look like signing Olympiakos defender Manolas.Despite links to Matija Nastasic and Daniel Agger, he’s our Thomas Vermaelen, and a cheap one at that, with the fee set to be about £6million.But while he is young, largely unknown and cheap, he is the right man.Manolas is the ideal signing to be our third choice centre back. He’s tall, strong, physical and in the mould of a classic Premier League centre half.Add to that his good level of experience playing in the Champions League with Olympiakos and you’ve got a great package.He’s the sort of brawling defender we don’t have, with plenty of nous, but also the hunger to step up and improve. It’s ideal.Manolas is also old enough to be trusted in key games, but young enough to be rotated. He makes total sense and bagging him should be seen as a coup.He’s the sort of player who won’t win Arsenal the league – not yet anyway – but is reliable enough to stop us losing it when the injuries set in.Agree or disagree with Jamie’s view? Comment below… 1 Kostas Manolas tackles Edinson Cavani in the Champions League – the defender would be a real coup for Arsenal, says Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson last_img read more