Over the past ten years the United Nations Children's Fund has been involved in a number of projects aimed at securing full implementation of child rights in the Czech Republic. This week Mrs. Marty Rajandran UNICEF project officer for Central and Eastern Europe, visited the Czech Republic to assess the outcome of these projects and outline areas that still require attention. Although work in the sphere of child rights is far from over, Mrs. Rajandran told Czech government officials that the country had made significant progress in the past few
Approximately 15% of Czech couples have fertility problems. Some can be treated fairly easily, others are a source of despair to couples who have undergone repeated treatments in vain. The establishment of a private Center for Assisted Reproduction in 1995 gave many of those couples new hope. For seven years now this center has been helping "test tube babies" into the world. Daniela Lazarova attended one of the center's annual get-togethers of test tube babies, parents and doctors. For a full report tune in to Magazine on September 13th.
Jean Metenier has spent more than a decade working for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), helping children in impoverished, war-torn countries such as Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After 12 years in the field, Jean has recently returned to Europe. He's been appointed as UNICEF's new Planning Officer responsible for several European countries, including the Czech Republic. Radio Prague's Rob Cameron caught up with Jean during his recent visit to Prague, and he began by asking him to explain a little more about UNICEF's
Dangerous children's infectious diseases have been eradicated, but they are replaced by fractures, poisoning, burns and fatal injuries. Experience shows, however, that the number of serious injuries can be reduced if children are taught how to avoid them. And this was the main objective of the National Week of Child Injury Prevention, that ended in Prague on Friday. Alena Skodova has the details:
On Saturday, International Children's Day was celebrated throughout the Czech Republic. Towns and communities organised various events for children and hundreds of competitions and shows were prepared for kids and their parents in museums, zoos or castles. Some programmes were also arranged especially for disadvantaged children and children living in orphanages. Unfortunately, Czech children's homes are becoming more and more crowded as Pavla Horakova reports.
The Czech education authorities are concerned about growing violence among school children. This is a phenomenon which the majority of Czechs tended to ascribe to the United States or, at the most, to Western Europe . But increasingly they are having to face the fact that their own children are far from safe at school. According to the results of a recent poll every second child has experienced some form of bullying. Many children have switched schools in order to escape.
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