Archive | November, 2009

Colombia’s Lifeline: Education

By Gabrielle Galanek

10 December 2009- For over 40 years, Colombia has been a nation not only in the throes of conflict, but a country consistently hit by natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, severe flooding and volcanic eruptions.

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Schools adapt and continue despite post-typhoon flooding in the Philippines

©UNICEF Philippines/2009/Levitt<br/>Students at Patricio Jarin Elementary School, where classes are being held next to the flooded sports field, near the area of the school that is being used to house families displaced by floods.

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Students at Patricio Jarin Elementary School, where classes are being held next to the flooded sports field, near the area of the school that is being used to house families displaced by floods.

MANILA, Philippines, 25 November 2009 – Most schools in metropolitan Manila have reopened after four typhoons caused massive flooding in September and October, but teachers and students in the flood zone are still in urgent of school supplies.

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“Transforming Education for a New Era”

© Courtesy of Filmmakers</br>Premiere Documentary Film: “We Are The People We’ve Been Waiting For” London - 17 Nov 2009

© Courtesy of FilmmakersPremiere Documentary Film: “We Are The People We’ve Been Waiting For” London - November 17 2009

The World Premiere of “We are the People We’ve Been Waiting For” took place in Leicester Square in London on 17 November 2009. A Q&A chaired by the Oscar-winning producer Lord Putnam immediately followed the screening and included the participation of Dr. Cream Wright, who recently retired from the position of Global Chief of Education in UNICEF and now heads a new venture called REDI4Change.

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Fighting for access to education

© UNICEF/2009/James International Children’s Peace Prize 2007 winner Thandiwe Chama of Zambia and Prof. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

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Children’s Peace Prize 2007 winner Thandiwe Chama of Zambia and Prof. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA– Too often around the world, in countries affected by conflict, violence and poverty, education is denied at the most basic level.

UN and UNICEF Radio Moderator Amy Costello recently spoke with International Children’s Peace Prize winners Mayra Avellar Neves and Thandiwe Chama, as well as Prof. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, on their pioneering work to bring peace and educational opportunities to children worldwide.

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