Archive | July, 2011

Education in Pakistan – one year after the monsoon floods

© UNICEF/PAKA2010-00441/Marta Ramoneda
A girl at a UNICEF-supported school in a relief camp for people affected by the floods in Sukkur, Pakistan.

By Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, USA, 27 July 2011 – The floods that hit Pakistan one year ago are considered to be the worst in its history. Triggered by the annual monsoon rains, the water floods claimed hundreds of lives, destroyed 2 million homes and washed away more than 2 million hectares of crops. Among the thousands of buildings lost in the floods, 10,000 were schools, heavily impacting the education of children in Pakistan.

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Unique programme improves the quality of education in Haiti after the quake

© UNICEF Haiti/2010

Taleen Vartan

NEW YORK, 28 July 2011 – Since 2007, the Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition (EEPCT) programme – a partnership among UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands and the European Commission – has aimed to support countries in emergency and post-crisis transition situations as they seek to establish a viable path of sustainable progress towards quality basic education for all.

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Sierra Leone “Emerging Issues” Teacher Training Programme

© Ronja Hoelzer
Sierra Leone.

Education for peace, citizenship, life skills, disaster management and other emerging issues

In 2008, UNICEF, together with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Education and the national Teacher Training institutions, developed the “Emerging Issues” Teacher Training Programme.

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Of bullets and blackboards: Libya’s war-weary children hope for return to the classroom

© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0945/Marta Ramoneda Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 2011
On 14 June, small children queue in a school yard in the city of Benghazi. Most schools have been closed since the onset of the crisis, but community volunteers, trained in child protection by UNICEF and partners, have organized recreational activities at the school.

By Christopher Tidey

BENGHAZI, Libya, 26 July 2011 – Aisha and Aya in Benghazi, Hassan in Al-Bayda and Haya from Nalut all tell me the same thing: They want to go back to school. In fact, virtually every child I speak with in Libya expresses hope for a return to the classroom as soon as possible.

Since the outbreak of conflict here five months ago, most of the country’s schools have closed, leaving the education of nearly 2 million children under the age of 18 in flux – and an academic year lost.

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Liberian host communities support education for Ivorian refugee children

Liberian host communities support education for Ivorian refugee children from UNICEF: Back on Track on Vimeo.

Creating opportunities from crisis

By Priyanka Pruthi

GRAND GEDEH, Liberia, 20 July – In a nation still recovering from a ruinous civil war – a place where many people have no access to electricity, safe water or health care – hundreds of communities have opened their doors to refugees from neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire.

Eight months after a political crisis erupted in that country, more than 150,000 Ivorians remain in Liberia. Most of them are being hosted by families in remote villages dotting the Liberia-Côte d’Ivoire border.

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Consolidated Report – Back on Track programme in 2010: Results achieved during the fourth year

© UNICEF Somalia/2010

By Taleen Vartan

NEW YORK, USA, 18 July 2011 – In 2007, UNICEF and the Government of the Netherlands embarked on a four-year partnership to support countries facing emergencies and post-crisis transition situations as they seek to establish a viable path of sustainable progress towards quality basic education for all. The Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition (EEPCT) programme was later extended and is scheduled to end in December 2011. In total, the Government of the Netherlands contributed US$201 million and the European Commission provided additional support of US$5.76 million. Although programming is cumulative, the 2010 Consolidated Progress Report to the Government of the Netherlands and the European Commission focuses on results achieved from 27 participating countries in the fourth year of the programme.

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