UNICEF Partners with Jovago to Ensure Official Registration of Every African Child
28th Oct 2014 United Nations children’s fund, UNICEF has partnered with leading online travel company Jovago, with the aim of ensuring official birth registration of every child born in Africa. The partnership includes financial support of UNICEF’S Birth Registration Programme via ICT and mobile technology. This programme aims to advance child protection by registering children with Birth Certificates using internet technology, and for every booking made using the code “UNICEF”, Jovago.com will donate five dollars at no extra cost to the customer. The goal is to collect one hundred thousand U.S dollars during the first year of partnership. This partnership will support UNICEF’s vision to register every child. Commenting on the “Passport to Protection” initiative, Jovago MD, Marek Zmyslowski said “UNICEF’s birth registration programme is remarkable, both in regards to its objective to give each child a passport and in regards to the progressive use of technology, which ensure that registration is efficient. Being a travel company, Jovago has an interest in ensuring that every African can move freely across borders and beyond the continent. Apart from the inability to process passports, the lack of a birth certificate denies a child’s right to education, government grants and inheritance. It also denies them protection against child labor, recruitment to armed forces and early marriage. In the broader spectrum, anonymous children may later in life be denied the right to vote and are also a major obstacle to government planning. Congratulations, goodluck and cheers to your partnership.