UKRAINE / ORLANDO BLOOM

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits crisis-hit Ukraine to highlight the importance of education in emergencies. UNICEF
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STORY: UKRAINE / ORLANDO BLOOM
TRT: 01.36
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 GMT 4 MAY 2016
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 27-29 APRIL 2016, EASTERN UKRAINE

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1. Various shot, destroyed buildings
2. Wide shot, exterior, highschool in Myronivskyi
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Orlando Bloom, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador:
“This sign here says bomb shelter. This school was hit during the conflict and has been repaired and is being maintained by UNICEF. We’re going to go inside and meet some of the children.”
4. Med shot, Bloom follows Liana down stairs into the school bomb shelter
5. Wide shot, Bloom and Liana sit on the bed
6. Close up, Liana
7. UPSOUND (English) Orlando Bloom, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador:
“Was it scary?”
8. UPSOUND (Russian) Liana, eleven year-old:
“Yes.”
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Orlando Bloom, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador:
“It’s pretty intense for a little girl to be down here for ten days.”
10. Med shot, Bloom enters a classroom in a school in Slovyansk
11. Pan right, Bloom playing with Lego with kids
12. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Gleb, nine year-old student:
“I went to get icecream and we got caught in the shelling.”
13. Wide shot, Bloom listens to Gleb
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Gleb, nine year-old student:
“I heard “boom-boom” and that was the shell which hit the school.”
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Orlando Bloom, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador:
“When you think that only 2 percent of humanitarian aid goes to education, it’s just simply not enough. Children need education for a future, children need education for a sense of community, a sense of belonging, a routine and the possibility of a life.”
16. Med shot, Bloom with kids in support centre in Svyatogorsk
17. Med shot, girl hugging Bloom

STORYLINE:

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom travelled to conflict-hit eastern Ukraine to raise awareness of the global education crisis facing children in emergencies.

Bloom visited children who study in classrooms hit by shells just three kilometres from the frontline of the conflict that broke out more than two years ago.

Approximately 580,000 children are in urgent need of aid and more than 230,000 children have been forced from their homes. Around one in five schools and kindergartens in the region have been damaged or destroyed and around 300,000 children are in immediate need of assistance to continue their education.

The trip came as new findings show that nearly a quarter of the world’s school-aged children – 462 million – now live in countries affected by crisis.

“I met children like 11 year old Liana who hid in the basement of their school for almost two weeks, in freezing conditions, without lighting or heat, while shelling devastated the classrooms above,” said Orlando Bloom, who first travelled to see UNICEF’s work in 2007. “Now, after surviving some of the most terrifying experiences life could possibly throw at them, all they want is to get back to the safety and routine of school and plan for their futures.”

The Education Crisis Platform Proposal, written by the Overseas Development Institute and commissioned by a range of partners including UNICEF, reveals that nearly than one in six – or 75 million – children from pre-primary to upper-secondary age (3-18) living in nations affected by crises is classed as being in desperate need of educational support. However, on average, only two per cent of global humanitarian appeals is dedicated to education.

At the very first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in less than three weeks’ time, a groundbreaking new fund - the Education Crisis Platform - will be launched to get vital education to every child in need. It aims to raise nearly $4 billion to reach 13.6 million children in need of education in emergencies within 5 years, before reaching 75 million children by 2030.

In eastern Ukraine, and in emergencies across the world, UNICEF is working around the clock to get children back to learning – to keep them safe and secure their futures. UNICEF so far has supported the repair and rehabilitation of 57 schools in eastern Ukraine and has supplied hundreds of thousands of children with vital supplies like schoolbooks, desks and pencils, as well as psychological support and catch-up classes. UNICEF has also reached nearly 280,000 children with information on the risks posed by land mines and unexploded ordnance, which litter communities near the frontline.

During his time in eastern Ukraine, Bloom also met with schoolchildren who are receiving counselling from UNICEF-supported psychologists, to help them recover from their distressing experiences during the conflict.

Across the world, more than 37 million primary and lower secondary children are out of school and educational facilities are continually forced to close as a consequence of conflicts and of natural disasters – putting millions more at risk. In Syria alone more than 6000 schools are out of use – attacked, occupied by the military or taken over as an emergency shelter. In North-East Nigeria and Cameroon more than 1,800 schools have been shut due to the crisis and in conflict-hit Central African Republic a quarter of schools are not functioning.
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