Archive | February, 2013

After winter break and heavy rains, back to school at Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan

By Toby Fricker

ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 28 February – It’s back to school for thousands of Syrian children at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan.

“I am more than happy to return to school and study. I love my teachers, my classes – and I really love my studies and the girls in my class,” said Arwa, a Syrian refugee child at the camp, with a joyful smile, on her return to school.

After a one-month winter break, class is in session again in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan, bringing a sense of normality to Syrian refugee children.

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Conflict and crisis in Mali disrupt schooling for some 700,000 children

Press release

BAMAKO, 22 February 2013 – The crisis in Mali has disrupted the education of some 700,000 Malian children, leaving 200,000 still with no access to school both in the North and South of the country, according to UNICEF and educational authorities in Mali.

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Podcast #71: Ahmad Alhendawi, newly appointed UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, on his new role

By Rudina Vojvoda

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) shakes the hand of the newly-appointed Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi at United Nations headquarters in New York.

NEW YORK, 25 February 2013 – On 15 February 2013, the newly appointed Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, was sworn in at United Nations (UN) headquarters. A native of Jordan, the 29-year-old Alehndawi comes to this position with extensive experience working on youth issues at the local, regional and international level. On his second day in this new position, Mr. Alehndawi spoke with UNICEF’s podcast moderator Femi Oke about his role and the post-2015 development agenda.

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Podcast #70: Towards education for all in Haiti

By Rudina Vojvoda

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Children reading at the Library Camp in Tabarre Issa.

NEW YORK, 19 February 2013 – Three years after the devastating earthquake of 2010, the education of children in Haiti has seen significant improvement. Many schools have been reconstructed, and more children are going to school now than before the earthquake.

Yet, more needs to be done to ensure that every child has access to free, quality education. Expanding access to education for vulnerable children, improving the quality of education, ensuring equal opportunities for girls and boys and linking education to development remain some of the main challenges for the educators and Government of Haiti.

In this episode of Beyond School Books, UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Jeremy Lachal, Director of Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (BSF), a cultural and social development humanitarian organization, and Galia Volel Ngamy, UNICEF Education Specialist. The organizations are collaborating to address different aspects of the education sector in Haiti.

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Students from the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls write about education (part 1 of 4)

NEW YORK, 5 February 2013 – Recently, a group of students from the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls who had learned about the tragic events in Pakistan that had left 14-year old Malala severely wounded wrote to The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) expressing their solidarity, outrage and passion for education. Today we’d like to introduce you to each of these girls and their thoughts on education.

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Students from the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls write about education (part 2 of 4)

NEW YORK, 5 February 2013 – Recently, a group of students from the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls who had learned about the tragic events in Pakistan that had left 14-year old Malala severely wounded wrote to The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) expressing their solidarity, outrage and passion for education. Today we’d like to introduce you to each of these girls and their thoughts on education.

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