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Massive campaign to get one million Somali children into school to be launched

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MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, 6 September 2013 – The Somali authorities are launching a wide ranging campaign to give one million children and youth access to education as part of an ambitious Go 2 School Initiative.

The launch will take place on Sunday 8 September – World Literacy Day – in Mogadishu, Garowe (Puntland) and Hargeisa (Somaliland). The campaign, led by the education authorities and supported by UNICEF and other international partners, will run for three years. It aims to give a quarter of the young people currently out of the education system a chance to learn.

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Going door to door to get children back to school

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'Even parents don’t have the right to interfere with the children’s learning,' says Mohamed Alhousseyni Cissé.

By Ismail Maiga and Cindy Cao

A teacher in northern Mali is fighting child labour by bringing children back into the classroom, even when it means going to the army barracks to find them.

TIMBUKTU, Mali, 3 September 2013 – Early on a Monday morning, a man wearing a turban and draped in a large robe runs a sharp eye over the classroom in the Accelerated Learning Gateway strategy centre in the district of Hamabangou, on the outskirts of Timbuktu.

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Rapid route to reuniting Congolese refugee children in Uganda with their families

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Two boys wait to be offloaded from a truck carrying more than 100 Congolese refugees who arrived at the Bubukwanga transit centre in Bundibugyo District, Uganda. As rebels and government troops clash, fleeing children are sometimes separated from their families.

Meet Rosete, Birungiste and Samuel, three children who fled conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, only to wind up separated from their families in a Ugandan transit centre. See how an advance in technology can speed locating their families.

By Tanya Accone

BUNDIBUGYO, Uganda, 5 August 2013 – Ten-year-old Rosete Simanyi’s dream was to attend school. But her family could not afford to send her and her three younger sisters. Rosete* was needed for household chores, such as fetching water and firewood and helping to do the washing.

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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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Crisis leads to unexpected opportunities for displaced children in Mali

By Alex Duval Smith

For Malian children displaced by crisis, early learning centres provide a chance to learn – and to heal.

SIRIBALA, Mali, 8 July 2013 – The conflict in northern Mali may have changed the lives of Fatoumata and Djeneba Touré forever – for the better.

The two girls, ages 5 and 3, are among 527,000 people who have been displaced by the crisis in northern Mali, according to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). They have lost businesses, harvests and even their homes. Many are living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries, primarily Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger. But the majority are from families like the Tourés – enduring cramped conditions while living with relatives or in rented accommodation in central and southern Mali. Most of the people displaced are women and children.

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Podcast #78: Africa’s young innovators at the center of sustainable development

By Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, United States of America, 1 July 2013 –With technological innovation increasingly playing a central role in social and economic development, young people are positioning themselves as key actors in creating tools and strategies for achieving equitable, sustainable development.

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