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Representative of UNICEF South Africa
to Speak on Children's Rights

RELEASED: Sept. 14, 2006

Andreis Viviers
Andreis Viviers

EAU CLAIRE — The rights of children in South Africa will be the topic of a presentation by Andreis Viviers, a guest lecturer in the department of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, at noon Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center.

In his presentation, "For the Children: UNICEF and Children's Rights in South Africa," Viviers will discuss his current projects for UNICEF in South Africa and the surrounding nations of southern Africa. The focus of the project is children's participation in their own lives through involvement in planning for themselves.

Viviers is a social worker employed by UNICEF South Africa. He currently supervises UW-Eau Claire social work student Alex Galston, who is interning in a community development project in rural South Africa.

According to Dr. Nick Smiar, professor of social work, his department has placed interns in South Africa for the past eight years. Currently, Galston, a senior from Black River Falls, is the only UW-Eau Claire social work student there and is doing a four-month internship in Qwa Qwa, a rural area in the eastern Free State, which lies adjacent to the Kingdom of Lesotho, where Galston also will do some work.

"Alex is also an Emergency Medical Technician and will make use of the knowledge, skills, and experience as an EMT during his placement in South Africa," said Smiar. "While he's in South Africa, he connects weekly via teleconference with his internship liaison, Dr. Richard Ryberg, and his fellow interns. He reports that he is very busy in his work in community development and child and family welfare."

Next week, on Sept. 20, Galston will be in the unusual position of communicating with his supervisor who, at the time,will be here in Eau Claire.

Smiar said other UW-Eau Claire social work interns in South Africa have worked in the large city of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal Province, in a multi-service child and family welfare agency, and in King William's Town, in the Eastern Cape Province.

"Students have consistently rated that internship experience as 'life changing,'" said Smiar. "They return with a different perspective on life in the United States and, usually, they have picked up South African speech patterns and they speak at least a few words of Zulu, Xhosa, or SeSotho."

For more information, contact Smiar, at 715-836-5404 or smiarnp@uwec.edu.

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