Archive | July, 2012

Back on Track leaves a lasting impact in education in emergencies and post-crisis transition programming

By Taleen Vartan

NEW YORK, USA, 31 July 2012 – Humanitarian emergencies – from natural disasters to war and conflict – devastate families, societies and nations. In times of crisis, the fundamental right of every child to a quality education is often most contested, and also most needed.

©UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2966/Shehzad Noorani
Haiti 2010

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The Barrier makes getting to school a daily ordeal for children in Abu Dis, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

EAST JERUSALEM, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 23 July 2012 – Karimeh Khatib wakes up every morning at 6 a.m., worried about her journey to work.

©UNICEF OPT/2012/ Ennaimi
Teacher Karimeh Khatib's walk to school now requires her to escort a group of 4- to 5-year-old children through an Israeli-controlled checkpoint, taking them one-by-one through steel turnstiles and electronic detectors.

She had been a teacher at the Comboni Convent pre-school centre in East Jerusalem for 20 years when, two years ago, her commute to school turned from a simple 10-minute walk to a daily trial involving escorting 4- and 5-year-olds through an Israeli-controlled checkpoint, with a bus ride at either end.

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Mapping of Global DRR Integration into Education Curricula – Sustainability Frontiers

New Publication

This document reports the findings of a UNICEF/UNESCO Mapping of Global DRR Integration into Education Curricula consultancy. The researchers were tasked with capturing key national experiences in the integration of disaster risk reduction in school curriculum, identifying good practice, noting issues addressed and issues lacking and reviewing learning outcomes. The thirty case studies cover all UNICEF regions and represent all levels of dev. They reflect the wealth and variety of national initiatives to integrate DRR in school curricula.

Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula: Case Studies from Thirty Countries

The report also extracts global conclusions from these experiences on: curriculum development/integration; pedagogy; student assessment; learning outcomes/competencies; policy development, planning and implementation aspects. A checklist of optimal DRR curriculum practice and recommendations for a subsequent consultancy to provide structured guidance on the issue for Governments close the report. This report, even before its publication, has already spun the interest of UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP and Government colleagues around the world.

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UNICEF supports enhanced Early Childhood Development in Libya

Press release

TRIPOLI, Libya, 19 July 2012 – UNICEF is supporting the Libyan Government to enhance the availability and quality of Early Childhood Development services to children across the country.

ECD event Tripoli 18 July

©UNICEF Libya 2012/Echeverry Burckhardt
UNICEF Libya Deputy Representative Dr Katrin Imhof, Deputy Minister of Education Dr Suleiman Khoja(left of Imhof), and Ms Najiba Istaita(left of Dr Khoja in blue suit jacket) along with some of her team members at the Early Childhood Development Panel Discussion in a Tripoli school

As part of this support, the Libyan Department of Early Childhood Development (ECD) within the Ministry of Education yesterday held its second panel discussion on the importance of ECD in the development of young children, following a similar event in Benghazi last month.

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In Zimbabwe, the Education Transition Fund is rewriting Zimbabwe’s education system

By Suzanne Beukes

Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 July 2012 – Using a machine resembling a typewriter, 15-year-old Kubulani Mbusa creates an embossed pattern on a white page. “This is my name,” he said proudly.

During his entire school career, Kumbulani has not had a textbook to follow in class and has to rely solely on his Perkins Brailler machine to complete his schoolwork.

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Summer camps help Syrian refugee children recovery, regain missed education

By David Youngmeyer

©UNICEF Jordan/2012/Samir
Children enjoy a break at a summer camp that is helping Syrian refugee children catch up on missed classes, in Amman, Jordan.

AMMAN, Jordan, 5 July 2012 – At a large primary school on the outskirts of the capital Amman, 11-year-old Basma* and her 7-year-old sister are among around 180 children, most of them Syrian refugees, taking part in a summer camp.

“The summer camp is very nice and fun, and I’ve made new friends here,” said Basma, who has a busy schedule of English, Arabic, math, science and physical education. Some 3,500 Syrian refugee children and 500 Jordanian children are attending summer camps at 40 schools throughout Jordan in a bid to catch up on lost classes and engage in recreational activities.

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