AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY CELEBRATES UN AND CHILDREN’S MONTH AT MUSEO PAMBATA
Children from the Baseco Compound listen eagerly to
Australian Embassy First Secretary Quinton Devlin as
he reads the heartwarming “Koala Lou” by Australia’s
most highly regarded picture-book author Mem Fox.
More than 50 children from the Baseco Compound in Tondo were treated to an afternoon of Australian children’s stories and snacks as the Australian Embassy celebrated United Nations Month and Children’s Month at the Museo Pambata. During the story telling session, the children listened eagerly to Australian Embassy First Secretary Quinton Devlin as he read the heartwarming “Koala Lou” by Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author Mem Fox; and the well-loved poem “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle” by celebrated Australian bush poet A.B Banjo Patterson. Afterwards, they learned how to make fairy bread, a popular snack served during children’s parties in Australia.
Australia has been an active supporter of the United Nations’ efforts in promoting multilateral cooperation, especially in areas that affect the welfare of children.
Kids had loads of fun making
fairy bread, a popular Australian
snack served during children’s
The Australian Government recently provided assistance worth Php7.3 million to UNICEF in response to the M/T Solar oil spill that occurred off the coast of the island province of Guimaras. The emergency relief will help keep children from the affected areas in schools and assist those families who have been displaced with food and other household supplies. Also earlier this year, UNICEF and the Australian Government launched the partnership “The Child Friendly Movement: Accelerated Efforts to Reduce Disparities in the Southern Philippines”. Funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) with a grant of Php 900 million, the program will benefit millions of children in Mindanao and aims to reduce disparities in education, infant mortality, malnutrition, sanitation and address child trafficking and children affected by armed conflict.