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“I met Omar here a few weeks ago and we became best friends. The minute I arrive at the centre, I start looking for him.” Ayham is a Jordanian that met his Syrian best friend Omar at a Makani centre in Jaresh, Jordan. Friendship knows no bounds 💜

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“I met Omar here a few weeks ago and we became best friends. The minute I arrive at the centre, I start looking for him.” Ayham is a Jordanian that met his Syrian best friend Omar at a Makani centre in Jaresh, Jordan. Friendship knows no bounds 💜

#ENDviolence 📷 @unicef_jordan

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(4/4) This is me with my daughter on World Children’s Day, which celebrates the rights of children to be in school learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their full potential. Looking into her eyes, I’m hopeful for her generation. There have been great strides in the enrollment of children into schools, reconstruction of classrooms and training of teachers. Over the last 18 years (2001 -2018) school enrollment has increased from 1 million to 9.6 million. Yet Afghanistan still has a long way to go. Conflict, poverty and child marriage have denied 3.7 million children from school - and 60% of them are girls. I believe in a brighter future for all children, and continue my work for them. #WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

(4/4) This is me with my daughter on World Children’s Day, which celebrates the rights of children to be in school learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their full potential. Looking into her eyes, I’m hopeful for her generation. There have been great strides in the enrollment of children into schools, reconstruction of classrooms and training of teachers. Over the last 18 years (2001 -2018) school enrollment has increased from 1 million to 9.6 million. Yet Afghanistan still has a long way to go. Conflict, poverty and child marriage have denied 3.7 million children from school - and 60% of them are girls. I believe in a brighter future for all children, and continue my work for them. #WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

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(3/4) During a visit to a girls school in Nangarhar, I asked a classroom of eager students what they wanted to be when they grew up. I felt emotional when they told me, “You”! I told them, “Why not. You have better opportunities than I had as a refugee. You live in your own country, have a nice school with good facilities and your education is free. Set your targets high and don’t give up. Hard times will make you stronger than before.” When I joined @unicefafghanistan's field office in 2015, I was the only national female staff member. This wasn’t a surprise to me, with the knowledge that I was the only girl in my university class to study maths and physics, and one of the few girls in my year to finish my secondary schooling. When systems and institutions are stacked against girls from the very beginning, opportunities for the development of female professional leaders dry up. I’m fortunate to have supportive parents and work within an organisation who have encouraged my development. I’ve lobbied for a greater gender balance within my department - which is now at an acceptable level. In the outside world, my commitment to furthering children’s rights and interpersonal skills gives me room for acceptance and respect. As I look out on a sea of hopeful faces during school visits like this, I’m certain that UNICEF’s support for girls’ education in Afghanistan is paving the way for a new generation of female leaders. © UNICEF/UN0309049/Kokic #WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

(3/4) During a visit to a girls school in Nangarhar, I asked a classroom of eager students what they wanted to be when they grew up. I felt emotional when they told me, “You”! I told them, “Why not. You have better opportunities than I had as a refugee. You live in your own country, have a nice school with good facilities and your education is free. Set your targets high and don’t give up. Hard times will make you stronger than before.” When I joined @unicefafghanistan's field office in 2015, I was the only national female staff member. This wasn’t a surprise to me, with the knowledge that I was the only girl in my university class to study maths and physics, and one of the few girls in my year to finish my secondary schooling. When systems and institutions are stacked against girls from the very beginning, opportunities for the development of female professional leaders dry up. I’m fortunate to have supportive parents and work within an organisation who have encouraged my development. I’ve lobbied for a greater gender balance within my department - which is now at an acceptable level. In the outside world, my commitment to furthering children’s rights and interpersonal skills gives me room for acceptance and respect. As I look out on a sea of hopeful faces during school visits like this, I’m certain that UNICEF’s support for girls’ education in Afghanistan is paving the way for a new generation of female leaders. © UNICEF/UN0309049/Kokic #WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

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(2/4) This is me giving out bags at a UNICEF-supported school in Nangarhar. The smile bursting from this girl’s face was infectious. She was so excited, and told me the new bag was something she desperately needed but couldn’t afford to buy. Her happiness reminded me that I too used to yearn for a school bag. After grade 5, I had to be home-schooled because there were no schools for refugees near where I lived - and refugees weren’t allowed to join Pakistan’s formal education system. I used to envy the children who passed me by in their smart uniforms, swinging their bags full of books. Now my job helps me make sure all children have a safe space to learn with the well resourced teachers and classrooms. As you can see from this photo, children are the most positive people in the world. Moments like this drive me to achieve more for children, no matter how remote or hard-to-reach. © UNICEF/UN0309032/Kokic 
#WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

(2/4) This is me giving out bags at a UNICEF-supported school in Nangarhar. The smile bursting from this girl’s face was infectious. She was so excited, and told me the new bag was something she desperately needed but couldn’t afford to buy. Her happiness reminded me that I too used to yearn for a school bag. After grade 5, I had to be home-schooled because there were no schools for refugees near where I lived - and refugees weren’t allowed to join Pakistan’s formal education system. I used to envy the children who passed me by in their smart uniforms, swinging their bags full of books. Now my job helps me make sure all children have a safe space to learn with the well resourced teachers and classrooms. As you can see from this photo, children are the most positive people in the world. Moments like this drive me to achieve more for children, no matter how remote or hard-to-reach. © UNICEF/UN0309032/Kokic
#WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

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(1/4) Hello, I’m Anita and I’m a UNICEF Education Specialist in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Today I’m taking over UNICEF’s Instagram to mark World Humanitarian Day. Over the next few posts, I’ll explain what it’s like to be a female humanitarian worker - and how I got to do the job I love.

This is me, under a hut made of mud and sticks, with my family when we were refugees in Pakistan. It’s one of the few photos which survived all the moves we made to escape the war in Afghanistan. My father, who is holding me used to work for Save The Children - and was always a strong supporter of girls’ education. Unlike other fathers, he never differentiated between son and daughter. My mother, who is holding my baby sister, is illiterate - but was determined her daughters wouldn’t be the same. In between collecting wood and water to help my parents, I loved to learn and pass on my knowledge to others. At age 16, I opened a home-based teaching class for girls and women. It brought me great happiness to see young girls learn to write their name for the first time. When you feel that every moment of your life is learning, your life becomes more purposeful. Even from a very young age, I knew my purpose in life was to help children learn, no matter who they are or where they come from.

#WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

(1/4) Hello, I’m Anita and I’m a UNICEF Education Specialist in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Today I’m taking over UNICEF’s Instagram to mark World Humanitarian Day. Over the next few posts, I’ll explain what it’s like to be a female humanitarian worker - and how I got to do the job I love.

This is me, under a hut made of mud and sticks, with my family when we were refugees in Pakistan. It’s one of the few photos which survived all the moves we made to escape the war in Afghanistan. My father, who is holding me used to work for Save The Children - and was always a strong supporter of girls’ education. Unlike other fathers, he never differentiated between son and daughter. My mother, who is holding my baby sister, is illiterate - but was determined her daughters wouldn’t be the same. In between collecting wood and water to help my parents, I loved to learn and pass on my knowledge to others. At age 16, I opened a home-based teaching class for girls and women. It brought me great happiness to see young girls learn to write their name for the first time. When you feel that every moment of your life is learning, your life becomes more purposeful. Even from a very young age, I knew my purpose in life was to help children learn, no matter who they are or where they come from.

#WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians

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Ishmael and Gabriel are best friends.

Safe and supportive environments start with kindness. Kindness to each other. Kindness to yourself. So start today and keep it going every day - at school, online and in your community. #ENDviolence © UNICEF/UNI178829/Clark

Ishmael and Gabriel are best friends.

Safe and supportive environments start with kindness. Kindness to each other. Kindness to yourself. So start today and keep it going every day - at school, online and in your community. #ENDviolence © UNICEF/UNI178829/Clark

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Rashed is one of thousands of Rohingya children living in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Two years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, children and young people need more than mere survival. They want, need and have the right to quality education for a better future. This 3-part series follows Rashed on his quest for education inside the largest refugee camp in the world. In the 🅕🅘🅝🅐🅛 🅔🅟🅘🅢🅞🅓🅔, meet Rashed’s teacher and hear about his hopes for the future. #AChildIsAChild .
Episode 1 and 2 are available in IGTV.
#AChildIsAChild

Rashed is one of thousands of Rohingya children living in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Two years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, children and young people need more than mere survival. They want, need and have the right to quality education for a better future. This 3-part series follows Rashed on his quest for education inside the largest refugee camp in the world. In the 🅕🅘🅝🅐🅛 🅔🅟🅘🅢🅞🅓🅔, meet Rashed’s teacher and hear about his hopes for the future. #AChildIsAChild .
Episode 1 and 2 are available in IGTV.
#AChildIsAChild

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“It’s a difficult time for me, but caring for babies gives me purpose in life.” Kasereka survived Ebola, but at great loss. His baby son, wife and mother were all stolen by the virus in Butembo, DR Congo. Recovery from Ebola has given Kasereka immunity, and he now cares for children orphaned or separated by the disease at a UNICEF-supported nursery in Burembo, DR Congo. © UN/@martineperret

“It’s a difficult time for me, but caring for babies gives me purpose in life.” Kasereka survived Ebola, but at great loss. His baby son, wife and mother were all stolen by the virus in Butembo, DR Congo. Recovery from Ebola has given Kasereka immunity, and he now cares for children orphaned or separated by the disease at a UNICEF-supported nursery in Burembo, DR Congo. © UN/ @martineperret

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Kindness is a choice.

Safe and positive environments start with each and every one of us. Take the time to be kind. #ENDviolence © UNICEF/UN0309465/Tadesse

Kindness is a choice.

Safe and positive environments start with each and every one of us. Take the time to be kind. #ENDviolence © UNICEF/UN0309465/Tadesse

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Rashed is one of thousands of Rohingya children living in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Two years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, children and young people need more than mere survival. They want, need and have the right to quality education for a better future. This 3-part series follows Rashed on his quest for education inside the largest refugee camp in the world. In 🅔🅟🅘🅢🅞🅓🅔 2, see how UNICEF is supporting Rashed and other children in the camp. #AChildIsAChild .
Episode 1 is available in IGTV and episode 3 will be released tomorrow.
#AChildIsAChild

Rashed is one of thousands of Rohingya children living in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Two years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, children and young people need more than mere survival. They want, need and have the right to quality education for a better future. This 3-part series follows Rashed on his quest for education inside the largest refugee camp in the world. In 🅔🅟🅘🅢🅞🅓🅔 2, see how UNICEF is supporting Rashed and other children in the camp. #AChildIsAChild .
Episode 1 is available in IGTV and episode 3 will be released tomorrow.
#AChildIsAChild

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Rehana is one of the 280,000 Rohingya children who attend learning centres in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
However, tens of thousands remain out of learning. Two years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, children and young people need more than mere survival. They need, and want, quality education that can give them hope of a better future. #AChildIsAChild © UNICEF/UN0326965/Brown

Rehana is one of the 280,000 Rohingya children who attend learning centres in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
However, tens of thousands remain out of learning. Two years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, children and young people need more than mere survival. They need, and want, quality education that can give them hope of a better future. #AChildIsAChild © UNICEF/UN0326965/Brown

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Nur, 16, lights up her home using solar power ☀️ Together with partners, we’re helping develop youth centres in Rohingya refugee camps to unlock potential and help young people thrive. More must be done. #AChildIsAChild #GenUnlimited © UNICEF/UN0326947/Brown

Nur, 16, lights up her home using solar power ☀️ Together with partners, we’re helping develop youth centres in Rohingya refugee camps to unlock potential and help young people thrive. More must be done. #AChildIsAChild #GenUnlimited © UNICEF/UN0326947/Brown