Sachin is UNICEF’s choice to highlight the critical role of fathers: All about the campaign

first_imgSachin Tendulkar joined a list global stars, including David Beckham and Novak Djokovic for a special UNICEF campaign that highlights the critical role played by the father in children’s early development.The UNICEF initiative, ‘Super Dads’, which is coming just ahead of Father’s Day, celebrates fatherhood and highlights the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of the minds of young children.This campaign features stars from the world of entertainment and sports, including Sachin Tendulkar, David Beckham, Novak Djokovic, Academy Award winning American actor Mahershala Ali, British Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton, and Australian actor Hugh Jackman.Tendulkar on his upbringing”When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” Tendulkar, a UNICEF Ambassador, said in a statement. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these,” he added.Djokovic said as a father, he has seen for himself the impact that love and positive action has had on his child during the early years of life.”Being a new parent isn’t easy. There are many challenges that fathers across the world face. This campaign is about supporting and encouraging fathers so they can be the Super Dads their kids desperately need,” said the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.Dads who are raising children in extremitiesThe heart-warming videos and photos of celebrity dads in the campaign will be coupled with stories of super dads from across the world, including those who are doing their best to raise their children in extremely difficult circumstances.advertisementOne such super dad is South Sudanese refugee Idro, who is raising three daughters aged 2 months, 3 and 13 years old in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, the largest in the world. Idro fled his war-torn country in July 2016, and is doing everything he can to keep his young daughters’ healthy, happy and safe, UNICEF said.”The earliest years of life present a critical, once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to shape children’s brain development – and it’s their parents who hold the largest stake in this process,” UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto said.Here are 5 lesser-known facts about the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar:1. Sachin Tendulkar is India’s first active cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha2. During the 1987 World Cup, 14-year-old Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium.3. Sachin Tendulkar is granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by the Indian government. He is the only Indian to have won all of them.4. He slept with his cricket gear on during his junior days.5. In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest cricketer to reach a 1000 runs in test cricket.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more