UNCARES-Ethiopia conducted the fourth round life skills training for children of UN Staff. A total of seventy children in the age range of 13 to 18 participated in the training which was held from August 24-28, 2015. On the final date of the training parents were invited for a parenting session to discuss on the topics raised by the kids during their training. During the session, parents were urged to take active role in the life of their children.
Making remarks at the closing ceremony, Mr. George Okutho, Director, ILO Country Office for Ethiopia and Somalia highlighted the UNCARES Program activities with regard to creating HIV awareness in the work place for UN personnel and family members. “The training was found to be very useful and important for the children as it equipped them with the necessary information and skills for their current and future life,” he said. Mr. Okutho stated that both parents and children will continue to work together to ensure that the UNCARES Program in Ethiopia succeeds. Ms. Gillian Mellsop, Country Representative, UNICEF Ethiopia gave words of encouragement to the participants to apply the skills they acquire during the five days training. “As the new Ethiopian year is approaching and schools are opening I encourage you to share what you have learnt from the training with your friends and the community” she said.
Ms. Miriam Maluwa, Country Director, UNAIDS, made the closing remarks on having an HIV free Generation. All the participants were requested to wear the HIV pin as a symbol of their commitment to the issues discussed during the session. A participatory role-play was presented by the participants, who posed various questions to their parents. Parents responded to the questions with unconditional love, which made the closing ceremony a platform for open communication with parents.