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Children in Indonesia run for access to education and health services 28 Oct 2014

A total of 600 children joined the Race for Survival in Indonesia. More than 400 children ran in Malaka district, and spoke with decision makers about their wishes for better access to education and health services including sanitation facilities in schools. Malaka is at the border of Indonesia and Timor Leste and is a new district with a new government structure. Save the Children promotes hygiene and healthy behaviours in school and works with the local authorities in this area to strengthen Early Childhood Education.

200 children from 10 villages ran a 28-km relay in Kertasari, a sub district of Bandung. The children had a chance to chat with decision makers and called on them to end newborn deaths from preventable causes. They also emphasised the importance of focusing on the first 28 days of life as a crucial period for a newborn, and encouraged them to signed to the pledge.

At both locations the event was also used to mark Global Hand-Washing Day. After the race, children and decision makers demonstrated proper hand-washing with soap and hygiene practices.

The race in Malaka was on captured on video here and some photos of the day can be found on Flickr.