Archive | March, 2013

Podcast #73: Girls advocate for girls’ education and gender equality

Linh, Marcela and Hakima, Plan International young delegates for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, are passionate about promoting girls’ rights.

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Plan International young delegate Hakima, 13, talks about gender equality in her home country, Uganda. Hakima is involved in projects involving disaster risk reduction, child protection and anti-violence initiatives.

By Chris Niles

NEW YORK, United States of America, 18 March 2013 – Three young women from quite different parts of the world, but with very similar goals, met at UNICEF House recently to talk about their passion for promoting girls’ rights.

Linh, 20, from Viet Nam, Marcela, 17, from El Salvador and Hakima, 13, from Uganda were in New York as Plan International young delegates for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, held at United Nations Headquarters.

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UNICEF and UNESCO condemn bomb attack near school in Kirkuk

106 school children and four teachers injured in attack

Press Release

Baghdad, 13 March 2013 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemn the attack that took place on March 11 near Wlad secondary school in the town of Dibis in Kirkuk governorate, 290 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq.

“We condemn Monday’s attack in the strongest terms” said Mrs. Louise Haxthausen, UNESCO’s Representative in Iraq. “Attacks that affect schools are unacceptable; all schools are, and must remain, zones of peace.”

The blast waves and shrapnel caused by the bomb injured 106 students – 70 boys and 36 girls – all of whom were in class at the time of the explosion. Of the injured children: six are in critical condition with two remaining in a coma; 10 have fractures and significant bleeding; and 90 have minor lacerations and bruises. Four teachers were also severely injured in the blast.

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Two years into conflict, Syrian Arab Republic is on the verge of losing a generation to violence

“Millions of children inside Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict.”

–UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

By Priyanka Pruthi

NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – For the past two years, the world has seen crisis explode in the Syrian Arab Republic. Twenty-four months of chaos and conflict have cost the country thousands of lives, many of them children.

The wait for a political solution seems never-ending. It’s a wait that has torn a country apart and placed it on the verge of losing a generation to violence.

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Early intervention and quality education to end violence against girls

By Pi James

NEW YORK, 11 March 2013 – On the eve of International Women’s Day, a panel of five experts representing academia, government, civil society and the United Nations called for an end to violence against girls through better and earlier monitoring and interventions, improved education systems, and a coordinated multi-sectoral response.

Millions of girls are vulnerable to violence around the world, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta said, opening the UNICEF-convened side event Girls Growing up Free of Violence: Promoting tolerance, equality and respect for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, in New York.

“Violence against girls is truly a cross-sectoral issue, and we are committed to working together towards a day when girls and women can live free of violence,” Ms. Rao Gupta said.

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Podcast #72: Khan Academy brings education to the wired masses

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Sal Khan, right, and teacher Courtney Cadwell with students at Egan Junior High School, California, United States of America. Khan developed Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that produces free educational videos.

By Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, 5 March 2013 – In 2004, hedge fund analyst Sal Khan started to make YouTube videos to help his younger cousin learn. Soon enough, Mr. Khan had developed a following, and, in 2009, he quit his job to start Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that produces free educational videos.

UNICEF’s podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Sal Khan about what made Khan Academy such a success and plans for the future.

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School helps Malian refugee children in the Niger return to normalcy

Adjusting to life in a camp in the Niger is difficult, for Malian refugee children – but school provides a place to learn, play and forge friendships.

By Shushan Mebrahtu

UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on a UNICEF-supported programme in the Niger ensuring that Malian refugee children are able to continue their education.

MANGAIZE, Niger, 1 March 2013 – It is the first day of class for Malian refugee children at the primary school in Mangaize camp.

Adjusting to a new life in the camp, which stretches over the Sahara Desert, is not easy, particularly for children who have escaped the violence back home.

But, at this school, they are trying to return to normalcy. They are excited to learn, play and socialize with their friends.

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