Archive | September, 2012

United Nations Secretary-General launches global education initiative

By Chris Niles

UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on the launch of the Education First initiative at United Nations New York headquarters

NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a global education initiative designed to get every child into school.

Education First has already collected $1.5 billion in commitments to achieve universal primary education ahead of the dates for the Millennium Development Goals.

“I am encouraged and grateful for all the generous commitments made today, which gives Education First a boost towards achieving its goals,” Mr. Ban said.

He was joined at United Nations New York headquarters for the launch of Education First by several heads of state, World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

“This is a great day for education,” Mr. Brown said.

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News from Za’atari Camp, Jordan

By Carlos Vasquez

AMMAN, JORDAN, 28 September 2012 – As I fill my bags to prepare for my departure back home, I have an overwhelming feeling of emptiness. I want to bring with me the family that crossed the Syrian-Jordanian border overnight, the mother holding her new born child under the Bedouin tent, the child that sells cigarettes to help his family, the child in a wheel chair with no place to go and all those frustrated by the inability of the international community to end the 18 month armed conflict.

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Boy in Za’atari Camp, Jordan.

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Global leaders demand urgent action for education in emergencies

By: Pi James

NEW YORK, 27 September 2012 – At a high-level meeting at UNICEF’s New York headquarters on delivering education in humanitarian environments and conflict-affected states, global leaders demanded urgent action to deliver quality education for children who live in countries scarred by war, conflict and other humanitarian emergencies.

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Children draw in an art class in Ramtha Facility, Ramtha, Jordan. More than 2,000 schools have been destroyed in the Syrian Arab Republic as families have been forced to flee the fighting.

Recently appointed United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown opened the meeting. “There is no greater challenge, there’s no bigger issue and there’s no more noble cause than getting children in conflict areas into school for the first time,” he said.

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Albanian youth calls for schools as peace zones

NEW YORK, USA, 20 September 2012

Photo courtesy of Save the Children
Katerina Thanasi during Children, Youth and Peacebuilding event organized in New York, September 2012.

Katerina Thanasi is a fifteen-year-old girl from Gjirokastra, Albania. Supported by Save the Children, Katarina is working to promote peace and conflict resolution in her country. She recently participated in a Children, Youth and Peacebuilding event in New York organized by Save the Children, the International Peace Institute and the Permanent Mission of the Norway to the United Nations. In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on the 21 September 2012, UNICEF interviewed Katerina about her projects and the importance of using education as a tool for peace.

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Podcast #63: Changing perceptions through groundbreaking performances

By: Rudina Vojvoda

©Richard JefferySue Austin's Creating the Spectacle.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 11 September 2012 – Images of Sue Austin, gliding through the deep on her wheelchair, past schools of fish and lush coral reefs, are taking the world by storm. A multimedia, performance and installation artist, Ms. Austin is the architect of Creating the Spectacle, a groundbreaking series of performances of an underwater wheelchair user that challenges the perception of wheelchairs and disabilities.

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Call for Entries: 2012 TLS

Compendium: Transitional Learning Spaces

NEW YORK, New York, 7 September 2012 – We would like to invite you to participate in the second Compendium of Transitional Learning Spaces (TLS) in emergency situations for the year 2012. Last year’s publication was a great collaborative success and is accessible here and is also available on the UNICEF website

Please reach out to your contacts and networks and pass on this call for entries and attachments with the following information:

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