Archive | March, 2011

Education: an enduring casualty of war

Education: an enduring casualty of war from UNICEF: Back on Track on Vimeo.

In the Kailahun district of Sierra Leone, burned out buildings and bullet holes serve as a constant reminder of a turbulent and horrific past. This remote eastern border area was one of hardest hit by Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war.

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A great start for children in the remote villages of Ayeyarwaddy Delta

© 2009 Carlos Vasquez
Myanmar 2009.

By Sandar Linn

DAEDAYAE, Myanmar, 30 March 2011 – Mary Myint, a six year old girl with a infectious big smile, warmly greets her friends, teachers, visitors at the Zalet Kone village’s Early Childhood Development (ECD)centre in Daedayae Township, Ayeyarwaddy Division.

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Ensuring human rights key to educating children in conflict zones

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Mary Robinson, President of Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

By Anna Azaryeva

NEW YORK, 10 March 2011 – This year’s ‘Education for All’ Global Monitoring Report warns that armed conflict is robbing 28 million primary school-aged children of their education. The comprehensive analysis – ‘The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education – finds that wars and violence are taking an unprecedented toll on children’s access to education.

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New report details armed conflicts’ toll on education and calls for a boost in international aid

New York, March 2, 2011 – The newly released 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) finds that over 40 per cent of the world’s out-of-school children live in conflict affected countries. The comprehensive report details how the humanitarian community is failing to provide critical educational needs to 28 million children around the world.

© UNICEF/2011/KamimuraMichaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and Former Governor General of Canada, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and Executive Director of the newly established UN Women, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Kevin Watkins, Director of the GMR report, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002 and Moderator: Eric Falt, Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information UNESCO - gather for the launch of the Global Monitoring Report at Columbia University.

The report entitled, “The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education,” was launched at Columbia University in New York by a host of international figures including Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002, Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and Executive Director of the newly established UN Women, Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and Former Governor General of Canada, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and a video address by Graca Machel, Founder and President of the Foundation for Community Development.

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