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Cobhams Asuquo: How a blind Nigerian boy became a music star

Nigerian musician on how his blindness has shaped his career
Music producer Cobhams Asuquo was born blind and has used this to develop his listening and musicality. He's gone on to become one of Nigeria’s most successful singer-songwriters and producers and was also recently announced as a UNICEF ambassador, in role in which he will be using his music to fight for the rights of children, particularly disabled children, across the world.

Africa's first Drone and Data Academy opens in Malawi

Academy will promote drone use in programmes and services affecting the lives of children
An academy specialising in drone data has opened in Lilongwe, Malawi. It's aimed at promoting the use of drones in programmes and services that will affect the lives of children and young people. It's the first in Africa and has been launched with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund -- UNICEF.  Dumi Kaliati is a drone technician at the academy...

(Photo: ADDA student from Kenya, Annie Nderitu and Malawian student Hope Chilunga attaching a sensor to the s-500 drone Credit: UNICEF Malawi/2020 Moving Minds Multimedia)

London's transport taken over by kids for the day

Redesigned roundel
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If you thought you heard a child's voice speaking over loudspeakers during your morning commute - you weren't hearing things.

Voices of pupils from London schools are being used for special announcements at a number of Tube stations to celebrate Unicef UK’s World Children’s Day.

Transport for London (TfL) roundels at stations including Bond Street, Green Park and London Bridge have also been redesigned by children while they have also provided "thoughts of the day" messages on whiteboards.

Children recording transport messages
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Speaking about the day, Interim Executive Director at Unicef UK, Nick Roseveare said "we hope this children’s takeover inspires parents all over the world to let their kids take control for the day – from simply choosing their route to school or deciding what’s for dinner."

Staynton Brown, TfL's director of Diversity, Inclusion and Talent, said the transport authority was "thrilled to be working with Unicef on this project".

Over 160 million children 'missed measles vaccination'

UNICEF warns rejecting the vaccine risks a major resurgence of measles
More than 160 million children around the world missed out on measles vaccinations between 2010 and 2017 - according to a new report by the UN children's agency, UNICEF.

The organisation warns that such large numbers of unvaccinated children raises the threat of a major resurgence of measles. 

There have already been 100,000 cases reported around the world in the first quarter of 2019.   

Dr Robin Nandy - UNICEF’s Principal Advisor & Chief of Immunizations - explains why they are so concerned.

(Photo: Hand holding up a bottle of the MMR vaccine. Credit: Reuters)
Educations in Africa: Five key facts
More children than ever are going to school but tens of millions are still not getting an education, as these figures show.