PODCASTS SERIES: "Beyond School Books"
'Beyond School Books' is a wide-ranging and provocative series of radio programmes on education in countries affected by conflict and natural disasters.
Each segment explores the role of education in the context of humanitarian response to conflict and post-crisis countries. The topics range from the struggle of Iraqi youths to study amidst war to how architecture is making significant strides in school construction and safety. Journalists, education specialists, young people and international figures speak on ways education can be - and has been - used to rebuild hope and foster social transformation in schools and communities. Special attention is paid to the unique experience of girls and young women in these complicated contexts.
Segments are also distributed on the Public Radio exchange for broadcasters and radio stations around the world at: http://www.prx.org/group/UNICEF
Posted on 02 December 2013
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Viet Nam, 2013 Sixteen young people with disabilities participated in the workshop, during which they created one-minute films about overcoming disability.
By Rudina Vojvoda
NEW YORK, USA, 2 December, 2013 – The 3rd of December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities this year is commemorated under the theme “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”.
To mark the day, podcast moderator Alex Goldmark spoke with Munyaradzi Mahiya (Munya), an inspiring advocate for a more inclusive society. Sharing his life story and his dreams, Munya said: “What I want is for the world to be accessible enough just so that we can be able to dream more because you can only dream to a certain point. When you get to that point and you are hindered by accessibility. Now, if I change that and make the world more accessible than everyone can dream bigger, as big as they want”.
Posted on 19 November 2013
A boy in Iraq’s Domiz camp for Syrian refugees looks at a nearby school, though he does not attend it. The early years of childhood lay the foundation for future health, as well as cognitive, social and emotional development.
By Rudina Vojvoda
Three experts talk about why integrating peace education into early childhood education has a positive long-term effect on peace.
NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 November 2013 – Evidence shows that the early years of life are strong predictors for individual health and development, as well as cognitive and social-emotional development.
In this podcast, we spoke with three experts who believe that integrating peace education into early childhood education has a positive long-term effect on peace. Kyle D. Pruett is a Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University, Michael Evans is the Founder and Executive Director of Full Court Peace – an organization that brings together young people in at-risk communities through basketball – and Siobhan Fitzpatrick is Chief Executive of Early Years, an organization based in Northern Ireland that promotes high-quality child care.
Posted on 08 November 2013
By Rudina Vojvoda
The Beyond School Books podcast series, in collaboration with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), is proud to launch Changing the World for Girls, a series of discussions on the lasting impact education has on girls, families, communities and nations around the world.
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Girls and boys attend school in Nigeria. Dr. Judith-Ann Walker explained that schools in West Africa are often unwilling to accommodate married girls. As they become uneducated mothers, cycles of poverty are perpetuated.
NEW YORK, United States of America, 7 November 2013 – Girls’ education is an indispensable tool for female empowerment and directly leads to other development goals such as poverty reduction, better reproductive and family health, lower fertility rates, lower child mortality rates and reduction in the rate of infection and spread of HIV/AIDS.
Posted on 23 October 2013
Susan Findel of the German NatCom team is speaks with one of the students of the community-based pre-school at Zhaodanga village, Kolaroa Upazila, on 20 March 2012.
By Rudina Vojvoda
Susan Cummings-Findel and Stefan Findel discuss Let Us Learn, an innovative initiative launched by UNICEF and private donors that is bringing the power of education to out-of-school children in five countries.
NEW YORK, United States of America, 23 October 2013 – Despite tremendous gains in education, more than 57 million children around the world are still out of school. Poverty, gender discrimination, poor health and nutrition, disability, child labour, migration, geographical disadvantages, conflict, poor learning conditions and unsound education systems are some of the main reasons that these children are not in school. To make matters worse, aid to basic education fell by 7 per cent between 2010 and 2011.
Posted on 10 October 2013
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Young Ugandans gather around to use UNICEF’s unique innovation the solar-powered Digital Drum, at Bosco Youth Centre in Gulu, Uganda. The Digital Drum chosen as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2011. About 10 per cent of Ugandans currently use the Internet, and a majority of Ugandans live in rural settings with little to no access to information across areas of health, education, job training, and protection from violence and abuse.
International Day of the Girl Child is 11 October 2013. This year’s Day focuses on innovating for girls’ education. Smart and creative use of technology, policies, partnerships and, most of all, the engagement of young people, themselves, are important for overcoming barriers to girls’ learning and achievement.
UNICEF talks to Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, about engaging young girls in technology directly in order to achieve gender parity in the computing fields.
Posted on 07 October 2013
© UNICEF/PAKA2008-0985/Shehzad Noorani Children smile sitting in their classroom in a Government Primary School in village Karnah of Gojra Unoin Council in Muzaffarabad District of Azad Jammu Kasmir (AJK) region in Pakistan.
By Rudina Vojvoda
World Teachers’ Day is 5 October. This year, the theme is ‘A Call for Teachers!’. The day honours teachers who are working to build a sustainable future, with citizens who are fiercely changing their communities and the world around them. To commemorate the day, Beyond School Books speaks with Mariam Khalique, a teacher of student and education activist Malala Yousafzai’s.
NEW YORK, United States of America, 7 October 2013 – 5 October marks World Teachers’ Day, this year celebrated under the theme ‘A Call for Teachers!’. The day honours teachers who are working to build a sustainable future, with citizens who are fiercely changing their communities and the world around them. To commemorate the day, we spoke with a teacher who is doing just that, but under extreme circumstances.