Archive | May, 2009

Education in the line of fire

© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0508/Paradela<br/>Children wait with their families to register at the Jalala camp in Mardan district, in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0508/ParadelaChildren wait with their families to register at the Jalala camp in Mardan district, in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

Last year in Afghanistan there were nearly 300 documented attacks on schools, killing 92 people and injuring 169. In Pakistan, 172 government and private schools, particularly girls’ schools, have been destroyed in the Swat Valley district since 2007.

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UN General Assembly thematic debate

A girl reads aloud in a tent classroom at Phool-e-Rangeena Government School in the north-western city of Herat, Afghanistan.

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A girl reads aloud in a tent classroom at Phool-e-Rangeena Government School in the north-western city of Herat, Afghanistan.

NEW YORK, USA- Despite a deepening global economic crisis, member states were urged to increase both attention and aid to education in countries that have been hit by natural disasters or conflict.

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Sri Lanka’s child-friendly schools: Working to restore quality education after crisis

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By James Elder

GALLE, Sri Lanka, 28 May 2009- The school bell clangs loudly, announcing the start of another day at the Rathgama Siri Sumana School on the southern coast.

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One year after earthquake, schools bring hope and opportunity

Children under the supervision of their teacher, read and write in a UNICEF supported prefabricated classroom in Caoyang Primary School Xihe County Gansu Province

Children under the supervision of their teacher, read and write in a UNICEF supported prefabricated classroom in Caoyang Primary School Xihe County Gansu Province

XIHE, China- Well before dawn, sixth-grader Yang Mei, along with her younger brother Yang Zhen and sister Yang Yamei, leave their home in rural Gansu province for school.

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Preventing Education Crises

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0460/Adam Dean</br>A boy raises his hand, seated with fellow students in a large temporary classroom at a camp for people who have been displaced by the earthquake, in the city of Mianyang in Sichuan Province. The city is in one of the worst-affected parts of the province

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0460/Adam DeanA boy raises his hand, seated with fellow students in a large temporary classroom at a camp for people who have been displaced by the earthquake, in the city of Mianyang in Sichuan Province. The city is in one of the worst-affected parts of the province

In China, on 12 May 2008, a massive earthquake struck Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province, damaging more than 12,000 schools – 40 per cent of all schools in the province – and another 6,500 schools in neighbouring Gansu Province. It is estimated that thousands of children died.

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