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Podcast #77: Putting learning at the centre of education

By Rudina Vojvoda

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Haque Preschool students learn through play, rhymes, artwork and songs at Shwetpur Government Primary School in Ashashuni, Satkhira, Bangladesh.

Why are some education systems failing children? Follow a discussion on putting learning at the centre of education.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 20 June 2013 – Recent data show that progress towards universal primary education has slowed, with the poorest and most marginalized children affected most. In 2011, 57 million primary school-age children were out of school. According to the most recent estimates, about 250 million children of primary school age cannot read, write or count well, whether or not they have been to school.

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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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United Nations Secretary-General launches global education initiative

By Chris Niles

UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on the launch of the Education First initiative at United Nations New York headquarters

NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a global education initiative designed to get every child into school.

Education First has already collected $1.5 billion in commitments to achieve universal primary education ahead of the dates for the Millennium Development Goals.

“I am encouraged and grateful for all the generous commitments made today, which gives Education First a boost towards achieving its goals,” Mr. Ban said.

He was joined at United Nations New York headquarters for the launch of Education First by several heads of state, World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

“This is a great day for education,” Mr. Brown said.

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What does achieving the water MDG mean for school children?

By Pi James

World Water Day, commemorated each year on 22 March, focuses attention on the importance of freshwater to sustainable dev. World Water Day 2012 emphasizes the importance of water to global food security.

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Yupa Wahup, 5, and a classmate wash their hands at Ban Triem Early Childhood Development Centre in Ban Triem, Thailand. UNICEF provides safe water supplies, sanitation facilities and promotes hygiene education at the centre.

NEW YORK, USA, 21 March – UNICEF and the World Health Organization recently announced that the world had met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well ahead of the 2015 deadline.

In the lead-up to World Water Day on 22 March, UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Murat Sahin, UNICEF advisor on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools initiative, and Alexander Schratz, the Executive Director of Fit for School, a Philippines-based NGO, about how much progress has been made and what this means for children.

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UNICEF education initiative provides support to thousands of Zimbabwean children

The Global Partnership for Education has helped more than 19 million children go to school for the first time. A campaign to renew support for these efforts will culminate in a pledging event in Copenhagen on 7-8 November. This series of stories seeks to highlight the Partnership’s work in the lead-up to this event.

By Tapuwa L. Mutseyekwa

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Esnat was left all alone with the few possessions her mother had.

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Joint Message from UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day – 5 October 2011

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Haiti - A teacher watches a boy, at the head of a queue at Ecole Joyeux Lutins in Port-au-Prince, the capital.

NEW YORK/ GENEVA/ PARIS, 5 October 2011 – Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we honour the millions of educators all over the world who devote their lives to teaching children, youth and adults.

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