UNICEF partners with NABU’s The Virus-Stopping Champion to teach Pacific children how to stay safe in this pandemic



08 October 2020

121161665 204933467754765 8155866164814089712 oThousands of Pacific island children will now get an opportunity to learn more about COVID-19 and be virus-stopping champions through a new partnership between UNICEF and NABU, a New York-based non-profit organization specializing in the distribution of children’s books.

Last week, the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, together with UNICEF and NABU, launched the storybook, The Virus-Stopping Champion: The Pacific Islands Edition to support children during the global COVID-19 pandemic across the Pacific region.

“We are proud to be working together with Pacific Governments, development partners, and NABU to launch a COVID-19 children’s book specifically developed for children in this region,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett.

One of the greatest challenges currently facing children in the Pacific is understanding and coping with the changes brought by this global pandemic while continuing to carry on with their daily lives.

The Virus-Stopping Champion features a child superhero who learns how to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus to help keep her community safe. This storybook provides a platform for parents and families to access accurate information and sensitive ways to talk to their children about the virus.

The storybook will enhance the knowledge as well as confidence that children need to protect themselves and their families during this global pandemic.

“The Virus-Stopping Champion book is a very creative way to engage our young children to be important messengers on COVID-19. The children would be able to educate parents, friends, neighbors,

grandparents and basically anyone they talk to on effective prevention and proper hygiene practices,” said the Governor of Pohnpei State Government, Hon. Reed B. Oliver, who launched the Pacific Islands Edition of the book.

The Virus-Stopping Champion: The Pacific Islands Edition is an adaptation of the original NABU title, The Virus-Stopping Champion, produced by NABU in collaboration with UNICEF Pacific and with the support of the Government of Japan, the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The books will be distributed throughout the Federated States of Micronesia with the support of the Micronesia Red Cross Society.

“We are seeing a lot of misinformation and confusion about the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NABU Executive Director, Tanyella Evans. “Crafted by health experts and illustrated by an artist from the Pacific Islands, this story provides valuable information for children everywhere and delivers a message of unity, love, and hope in these uncertain times.”

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