Archive | August, 2012

UNICEF and UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics present a new report on out-of-school children in Latin America and the Caribbean

Press release

Panama/Montreal/Santiago, 31 August 2012 – in Latin America and the Caribbean there are approximately 117 million boys, girls and adolescents in the preschool, primary and basic secondary education age groups. However, 6.5 million of them do not attend school and 15.6 million attend school carrying the burden of failure and inequality expressed in either a two- or more-year lag behind the normal age for their school grade or a record of grade repetition.

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This is the main information provided in a report entitled “Finishing School. A Right for Children´s Development: A Joint Effort” presented today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) through the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS).

In recent decades, the educational systems of Latin America and the Caribbean have extended to cover the vast majority of boys, girls and adolescents. Regional initiatives have occurred, such as the “Education Goals for 2021: the Education we Want for the Bicentennial Generation” launched in 2010, ultimately aiming to improve quality and equity in education to counter poverty and inequality and favour social inclusion.

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Podcast #61: The power of youth – celebrating International Youth Day

By Rudina Vojvoda

credit: Dennis Brussaard, 2012
Thandiwe Chama celebrating with her friends in Lusaka, Zambia.

NEW YORK, USA, 10 August 2012 – The number of young people globally has never been higher. According to the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA), there are 1.8 billion young people in the world today. For most of them, life is not easy. About half of young people survive on less than $2 a day, millions are out of school and many more face unemployment.

To mark International Youth Day on 12 August, which this year has the theme: ‘Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth’, podcast moderator Kathryn Herzog spoke with four young people who have changed the world for better: Baruani Ndume, Samuel Kissi, Thandiwe Chama, and Sonam Phuntsho.

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Summer school at a refugee camp for Syrians in Iraq gives children a sense of stability

By Salam Abdulmunem

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Hassan (14) with his younger sister and brother by his family’s tent at Domiz refugee camp, Iraq.

DOHUK, Iraq, 22 August 2012- The first thing that strikes you as you walk into the Domiz refugee camp is the number of children – running, playing or just sitting by their tents. When I mention this to the local camp administrator, he tells me that almost all the Syrian refugee families that have been registered here are young; no family members are over 50.

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Timor-Leste: Ban Ki-moon and Gordon Brown visit UNICEF-supported school

Press release

DILI, TIMOR-LESTE, 16 August 2012 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, and Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova today visited Cassait School in Liquisá district, Timor-Leste.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, reading to a class at Cassait School in Liquisá district, Timor-Leste.

It was part of the Secretary-General’s preparations for the UN’s new ‘Education First’ initiative, which will be launched on 26 September, and Mr Brown’s first overseas trip in his new role. The Secretary-General presented the school with a UNICEF ‘school-in-a-box’ kit, containing basic education supplies, and the students gave him a traditionally-made model boat.

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Better education outcomes for children resulting from disaster risk reduction

By Taleen Vartan

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Children attend class in a makeshift classroom at Santa Felomina School in the coastal city of Iligan in Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines. The school is serving as an evacuation centre for people displaced by Tropical Storm Washi.

NEW YORK, USA, 8 August 2012 – To ‘build back better’ after emergencies, UNICEF works with governments and other partners to ensure that children are able to study in a safe environment which can withstand potential hazards. The Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition (EEPCT) programme – also known as ‘Back on Track’ – has contributed to disaster risk reduction (DRR) by ensuring that children have access to quality education during and after disasters or emergencies, and by integrating knowledge on how to reduce risk and vulnerability into education programmes.

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UNICEF helps children affected by armed conflict in North Kivu, in DR Congo


GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 30 July 2012 – “In the centre, I learn how to knit gloves and make baskets. I love to participate in the discussion groups here,” said Zele Flora, 15. Since she arrived in Mugunga, a site for internally displaced persons (IDPs), last April, she has frequented one of the child-friendly spaces (CFS) that UNICEF and its partner AVSI established in order to give children affected by conflict a place where they can be what they are: children, who play, learn and hope.

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