Archive | September, 2010

Has ‘gender’ become just another word for ‘girls’?

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Students walk home after a day of class at Khan El Ahmar Basic School, in Area C of the West Bank.

Reviewing CAP (Consolidated Appeals Process) Education Cluster Response Plans and associated projects recently, it struck me that despite my constant mantra to education practitioners that ‘gender’ is not just another word for girls, it may have come to be erroneously understood as such.

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MDG summit events seek progress for all, including the most vulnerable – Final day focuses on maternal health, water and sanitation, education

By Tim Ledwith

NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2010 – The UN Millennium Development Goals summit wrapped up with a strong emphasis on targeting the poorest and most vulnerable communities in order to meet the MDGs by their 2015 target date. In the final stretch of the busy three-day meeting, UNICEF participated in side events on three critical MDG target areas: maternal health, water and sanitation, and education.

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UN Millennium Development Goals summit kicks off with events on education and child survival

By Tim Ledwith

NEW YORK, USA, 20 September 2010 – The United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals – the MDGs – kicked off today in New York with side events highlighting the goals on education and child survival. Discussions echoed the key conclusion of UNICEF’s recent ‘Progress for Children’ report: that an equity-based approach, targeting the poorest of the poor, offers the best hope of achieving the MDGs by their 2015 target date.

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Education key to achieving Millennium Development Goals

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Children clap during a morning assembly at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly school in Mbabane, Swaziland.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA, 21 September 2010 – With 69 million children still not enrolled in school, and only five years remaining until the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline, the State of Qatar, Save the Children, UNESCO and UNICEF are co-hosting a high-level round table luncheon on 22 September in New York. The topic is ‘The Central Role of Education in the Millennium Development Goals’ and the importance of placing education, particularly for the most marginalized, higher on the global agenda.

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Unique education in emergencies fund reaches out to the most vulnerable

By Gabrielle Galanek

NEW YORK, USA, 17 September 2010 – Representatives of the Government of the Netherlands, the European Commission and UNICEF met in New York this week to review progress achieved under an innovative programme to improve Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition.

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UNICEF supports emergency education for children displaced by floods in Pakistan – Temporary learning centres established

By Tania McBride and Anja Baron

SUKKUR, Pakistan, 13 September 2010 – Over the past several weeks, monsoon floods in Pakistan have displaced millions and destroyed or damaged some 1.8 million homes and over 9,000 schools. The latest UN estimates place the total number of people affected at 20.5 million – including, of course, millions of vulnerable children and women.

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