British children's author partners with UNESCO to help young people in need

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Or ganization (UNESCO) is teaming up with its newly-named Artist for Peace and Brit i sh writer Lauren Child to support children in need around the world.
Under the partnership which will be launched on 25 June, Ms.
Child – an author a nd illustrator of children's books – and her publisher Hachette Children's Books will donate the royalties from her best-selling book "That Pesky Rat" for three y ears to UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, according to a press release issued in Accra on Tuesday by the UN Information Centre.
It said the funds would finance different UNESCO-supported projects for children in need, such as the Renacimiento Foundation for street children in Mexico City .
An enhanced edition of "That Pesky Rat" to be released this month in the United Kingdom will contain stories of children in the Foundation's care.
Also part of the initiative is "My Life is a Story," a campaign began by Ms.
Chi ld to collect stories of children around the world who are participating in proj e cts affiliated with UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need.
Se v eral of these writings will be made available on line at www.
Child's books have been translated into 30 different languages and have sold millions of copies globally.
She was attracted to the quality of the projects t h e agency has initiated with its Programme for the Education of Children in Need, which encourage children's artistic and cultural talents.
Since it was created in 1992, UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children i n Need has formed partnerships with more than 330 innovative projects in 92 coun t ries, helping vulnerable children gain a better future through education and job training.
As an Artist for Peace, Ms.
Child will join other world-renowned personalities, such as the Canadian singer Céline Dion and the Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquيn C ortés, who lend their voices to help promote UNESCO's message and programmes.

24 june 2008 23:20:00

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