Archive | July, 2013

Pau Gasol visits Syrian refugee children in Iraq

Two-time NBA champion and UNICEF Spanish Ambassador Pau Gasol has returned from a visit to Domiz refugee camp, Iraq, where he met with Syrian refugee children.

DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 30 July 2013 – Two-time NBA champion Lakers player and UNICEF Spanish Ambassador since 2003 Pau Gasol has returned today from visiting Domiz, a refugee camp in Iraq that provides shelter to more than 45,000 Syrian refugees who have fled their country seeking safety from the deadly conflict. Upon arriving in Barcelona, he offered a press conference to share his experience in what was his fifth visit to the field as UNICEF Spanish Committee’s Ambassador.

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Grace Akallo comes back from the last place on earth

By Priyanka Pruthi

On 31 July 2013, UNICEF unveils a global initiative calling for an end to all forms of violence against children, led by a powerful appeal featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson. End Violence Against Children will help shine a light on the invisible horrors of violence and abuse that undermine the lives of hundreds of millions of children, and call for collective action to get informed, speak out and join in existing efforts with those equally concerned about violence in their own communities.

Grace Akallo was abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to fight – to live. She talks about her captivity and how education became her hope, her salvation – and her impetus to fight for peace.

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Podcast #79: Two young activists on driving change

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Youth delegate Harrison Chung, from Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, speaks at the Malala Day celebration on how his grandfather's experience as an immigrant inspired him to become an advocate for quality education for ethnic minority children.

By Rudina Vojvoda

What motivates young activists – and what empowers them to drive for change? This episode of Beyond School Books features two young people who are working to build bridges between different communities.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 26 July 2013 – Today’s generation of young people is the largest in history, and young people have positioned themselves as a vital force of economic and social progress. But what motivates young people, and what empowers them to ‘be the change they wish to see’?

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Syrian field diary: Child witnesses to death and bloodshed

By Juliette Touma

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At a school-turned-shelter in Damascus, 5-year-old Rida, tired and sleepless, says, 'I miss my little bedroom in Dera’a. I can’t use it now, because it has been bombed.'

A humanitarian worker returns to Damascus after a year to find a situation of desperate suffering.

DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 24 July 2013 – I first went to the Syrian Arab Republic in the summer of 2012 with the United Nations Supervision Mission (UNSMIS). Even as fighting between Government forces and the armed opposition spread, I travelled around the country. I visited villages that had been totally stripped of human life, and walked into burned-down homes.

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Who is out of school and why ?

This story was originally posted by the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Education. The original post can be found here.


By Josephine Bourne, Associate Director for Education at UNICEF

24 July 2013 – There are 57 million children out of school – over half will go to school at some point. Approximately 28 million children will have no access to school. But the rest – the majority by a small margin, have had, or are likely to have some exposure to schooling. They are the children who start late or drop out early. Add to that the numbers of children who attend irregularly, the low achievers, those in the classroom but marginalised by language or ethnicity, and the numbers of children who are effectively excluded from education runs to the hundreds of millions.

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INEE Launches Conflict Sensitive Education Pack

NEW YORK, USA, 22 July 2013 – Today the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) launches the Conflict Sensitive Education Pack in the United States. This Pack consists of three tools to support the integration of conflict sensitivity in education policies and programs in conflict-affected and fragile contexts.

Resources included are: Guiding Principles on integrating conflict sensitivity in education policy & programming, a Reflection Tool for designing & implementing conflict sensitive education, as well as the INEE Guidance Note on conflict sensitive education.

The pack can be found on our Technical Resources page under Toolkits.

For more information visit the INEE website.

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