BOSSASO, Somalia, 26 May 2011 – In classroom number two at a primary school located in Shabelle camp for displaced people in Bossaso, Deputy Headmaster and maths teacher Abdijabar Odol Mohamed has neatly written down a set of quizzes on the blackboard.
He reads one of the questions out loud. The children raise their hands and compete to answer. Mr. Odol points at one of the students, who eagerly shouts the correct answer. “Bravo!” he says.
Pakistan, MULTAN, 26 May 2011 – Devastating floods hit Punjab province in Pakistan and left over 2,000 schools either fully or partially damaged. Thousands of students and hundreds of teachers were displaced.
GENEVA, Switzerland, 23 May 2011 – Children make up more than half the population in countries predicted to be most affected by climate change and are facing increasing impacts from tumultuous events. It is estimated that as many as 175 million children a year will soon be affected by disasters.
High along the mountainous spine of Timor-Leste, one of Asia’s poorest countries, children in the remote town of Laclubar head for class. Yet the tranquil setting of this quiet place, nestled under the canopy of tall trees, masks a darker history that is only now beginning to fade.
GENEVA, Switzerland, 13 May 2011 – Last year, children bore their share of natural disasters and the economic crises that followed. Millions of children suffered as a result of floods in Pakistan and the earthquake in Haiti.
LACLUBAR, TIMOR-LESTE, 13 May 2011 – High along the mountainous spine of Timor-Leste, nestled under the canopy of tall trees, classes at Batara school are back in session. It is a sign of normalcy masking a darker chapter of history that is only beginning to fade.