Archive | July, 2010

Liberia: Rebuilding society through free education

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Due to Liberia's long civil war, Atleta Soumie (left) and thousands of other students missed years of schooling. With the introduction of free primary education, Atleta is able to attend classes after she finishes work at her family's business.

By Guy Hubbard

GANTA, Liberia, 15 July 2010 – At 6 a.m., Atleta Suomie is already hard at work sweeping the floor and arranging the merchandise in her family’s small store. Atleta is a top mathematics student and this comes in handy through the morning’s roaring trade. But come lunchtime, she hands the shop over to her stepmother, changes into her school uniform, collects her books and leaves the shop.

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Second-chance examination for schoolchildren affected by conflict in South Darfur

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UNICEF's Krishna Bahadur KC consults with a student during the 'second-chance' examination administered in Nyla town, located in the South Darfur region of Sudan.

SOUTH DARFUR, Sudan, 14 July 2010 – UNICEF and the Ministry of Education in the South Darfur region of Sudan have witnessed the successful completion of a key goal: providing a ‘second-chance examination’ for eighth-grade students affected by conflict in the locality of East Jabel Marra.

Due to recent fighting, the children had lost the opportunity to take the exam that would guarantee their school advancement.

With the strong advocacy of UNICEF´s education cluster and efforts by the Ministry and local government officials – as well as the support of international donors – the second-chance examination took place in Nyala town in May. A total of 304 pupils, including 48 girls, took exam.

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Child-friendly spaces for learning and playing without fear in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

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On 2 July, Gulnara Kozybaeva sits with her daughter Akmaral, 4, and son Nurbek, 2, outside their burnt-out home in Furkat District, in the southern city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Their house was destroyed during riots in the recent conflict. UNICEF is identifying locations for centres to help children regain stability and normalcy.

By Galina Solodunova

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 13 July 2010 – After weeks of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, Osh is beginning to witness tiny signs of a return to normal life: The streets are filling up with people and cars. Some rush to the market to buy food, others go to visit their relatives and share their blankets and clothes with those who lost everything.

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The new IASC Gender Marker Initiative

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Somalia 2009.

Systematically Addressing Gender in Funding Appeals – How the Education Sector can get Full Marks

The Gender Marker Initiative was launched by the Sub-working Groups on Gender in Humanitarian Action and on the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) to improve humanitarian programming and to make humanitarian response more efficient.

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Free primary education: A stepping stone towards a better future for Liberia

Six years after its brutal civil war drew to a close, Liberia is struggling to pick up the pieces.

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Educating Haiti’s children, six months on

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Girls from Marie Auxiliatrice Primary School smile and raise their hands to answer a question in a tent classroom set up on the grounds at another school, in the city of Jacmel, Haiti.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA, 12 July 2010 – Today marks the six-month anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing more than 220,000, displacing many more and severely affecting

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