Tuesday, February 06, 2007

UNICEF Lecture by Ms. Noriko Watanabe - School Education Section, UNICEF Japan Kanto International High School 5 February 2007

Ms. Watanabe showed a video and gave a powerpoint presentation about child poverty and child labour. She also brought the famous water jug. Students came up and picked up the heavy water jug and got an idea of how hard some children in the world have to work. During the presentation students in the 1st Year Study Abroad Programme thought of some questions for Ms. Watanabe. Below are their questions and her answers:

Jouta and Katsuhiro wanted to know, "What is the full name of UNICEF?"
A: The United Nations Children's Fund
Charles wanted to know, "How many organisations are a part of UNICEF?"
A: UNICEF has 37 national committees and 156 branches.
Charles wanted to know, "How many countries receive help from UNICEF?"
A: One hundred and sixty-five countries receive support from UNICEF
Misuzu wanted to know, "How does UNICEF teach people how to grow vegetables?"
A: UNICEF works with a team of volunteers and the local government. From among these people UNICEF finds experts in agriculture and they teach the people how to farm.
Yui, Nao, and Yusuke wanted to know, "How can I join UNICEF?"
A: First you need to learn at least 2 foreign languages. You need to be able to use 3 languages fluently: Your native language, English, and one other language. Also, you need to get a Masters degree. Usually people study economics, political science, or international law. However, you can also study science or medicine. UNICEF needs people with those skills too. Then you need to do an internship. After you have completed your internship you can join UNICEF. Click the link to see the qualifications you need in order to join UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_qualifications.html
Click here to learn how to apply: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_apply.html
Click here to learn how to volunteer: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_volunteers.html

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