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Ensuring equal opportunities for refugee and host community children in Ethiopia

UNICEF 14 February 2019

Refugee primary school teacher Changkuoth Ter Wal explains the importance of investing in new schools and teacher training diploma programmes. With US$15 million from the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund, new schools and trained teachers are on the rise in the refugee-hosting regions of Gambella and Benishangal-Gumuz. 

Like most children in Tierkidi Refugee Camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, 15-year-old Pal Biel Jany fled from violence in South Sudan five years ago. He left his entire immediate family behind and currently lives with his aunt in the camp.

Pal has been displaced and separated from his parents and siblings for nearly one-third of his life. For refugee children, especially those experiencing traumatic displacement processes, it is imperative that they find stability and support – and schools can play a significant role.

Pal is lucky to have Changkuoth Ter Wal as his fourth-grade teacher at Teirkidi #3 Primary School. Changkuoth was never given the opportunity to attend formal training for teaching, (like most refugee teachers who hold no professional diplomas and only participate in short trainings offered at the camp). Nevertheless, he is determined to improve the conditions for the next generation.

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Learning is a welcome respite for child refugees on Kos

UNHCR 14 February 2019

The KEDU school offers classes, museum trips and a sense of normalcy to young asylum-seekers on Greek island.

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New landmark Abidjan Principles on the right to education and private actors adopted by experts

Abidjan Principles 13 February 2019

A group of human rights experts from around the world adopted the Abidjan Principles on the right to education today, following three years of consultations, reflection and drafting. The Abidjan Principles seek to strengthen existing efforts to ensure that everyone’s right to education is protected in the context of growing, and often unregulated private actor involvement in education.

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As Colombia welcomes fleeing Venezuelans, children bear the heaviest burden

The Washington Post 4 February 2019

The world was caught by surprise a couple of weeks ago as demonstrators flooded the streets of Venezuela. But the truth is, this was not a surprise — Venezuela’s political and economic systems have been collapsing for the past four years. As a result, 3 million people — nearly 10 percent of the population — have left what was once the wealthiest country in South America. This is triple the number of Syrian refugees who have moved to Europe and larger than any other refugee crisis happening today.

Remarkably, neighboring Colombia has opened its borders to receive them — at the rate of nearly 40,000 a day. Most buy food or medicine and return to Venezuela, but every day 5,000 decide to stay in Colombia or other South American countries. While more than a million Venezuelans have crossed into other countries, the highest number — approximately 1.2 million — now live in Colombia, which already has 7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the world’s highest number, as a result of a decades-long civil war.

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Experts from around the world set to meet in Abidjan to adopt new guiding principles on the right to

Right to Education Project 4 February 2019

On 12-13 of February 2019, education and human rights experts will meet in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the adoption of guiding principles strengthening the right to access free quality public education in the context of growing private actor involvement in education.

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World’s First International Day of Education Could Not Come Soon Enough

Inter Press Service 24 January 2019

Children´s education is in a state of emergency when it comes to protracted crises. 75 million school-aged children and young people are in desperate need of educational support, are either in danger of or are already missing out on their education in countries facing war and violence (1*).

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U.N. Ramps Up Education Efforts in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Time Magazine 24 January 2019

The U.N. children’s agency says it is making gains in the effort to provide education for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children who fled violence in Myanmar, but much work remains to provide adequate services in the world’s largest refugee camp. UNICEF said Thursday that more than 145,000 Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh are now attending “learning centers” supported by the agency as a new school year gets under way. Humanitarian workers have so far built around 1,600 such centers throughout the camps.

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More than 145,000 Rohingya refugee children return to school in Bangladesh refugee camps

UNICEF 24 January 2019

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 24 January 2019 – More than 145,000 Rohingya refugee children living in camps in south-east Bangladesh are now attending UNICEF-supported learning centres, as a new school year begins.

Following a huge effort from the humanitarian community to construct a network of around 1,600 Learning Centres throughout the camps – providing vital access to education for children who fled violence in Myanmar – attention is now turning to providing education for thousands of other children who still lack access.

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World Bank, Gates Foundation, DFID Join Forces to Improve Education Quality Around the World

The World Bank 21 January 2019

LONDON, January 21, 2019 – The World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UK’s Department for International Development today announced a new partnership that will develop tools governments can use to better monitor the quality of their education systems, allowing policymakers to take real-time decisions to ensure that all children are learning. This collaboration will advance the goals of the Human Capital Project, a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth.

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Teaching science and hope in an Ethiopian refugee camp

Norwegian Refugee Council 16 January 2019

In a refugee camp hosting more than 85,000 refugees, a young mother of two have paved her way as one of the most popular teachers in the camp. It’s early morning and students are lining up outside the school, eager to have their homework checked. “Excellent work, students!” Nyanchew Chuol says loudly. As she is going through every single exercise book, the teacher is generous with her encouraging comments.

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Emergency Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela Launched

IOM 14 December 2018

Faced with the largest population outflow in Latin America of recent years, 95 organizations covering 16 countries have been working together to establish a comprehensive response to the urgent needs of millions of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, and host communities. This effort is coordinated by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration.

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10 Barriers to Education Around the World

New Indian Express 14 December 2018

Education is a precious resource, of this there is no doubt. Many people owe their entire careers to teaching. It is easy to see why it is such a priority among the lives of many. However, there are barriers which prevent education from being more commonplace. We’re going to explore 10 of those obstacles here and now, to see what the main challenges are.

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Children bear brunt of Yemen’s ongoing conflict

Anadolu Agency 14 December 2018

Yemeni refugees, especially children, continue to face specter of starvation, disease

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Girls’ Education and Refugees: Interview with Malala Yousafzai

Harvard Political Review 13 December 2018

Malala Yousafzai is a 21 year old female education activist and the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate. From the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, she was shot by the Taliban for her activism. On her sixteenth birthday, Malala spoke at the United Nations, calling for education accessibility. She is the author of I am Malala, an autobiography.

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Lebanon: Stalled Effort to Get Syrian Children in School

Human Rights Watch 13 December 2018

The number of Syrian refugee children enrolled in school in Lebanon has stalled at the same inadequate levels as in the 2017-2018 school year, Human Rights Watch said today.

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