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UNESCO and Nokia to Use Mobile Technology to Improve Education in Nigeria

UNESCO 30 April 2013

30 April 2013 - Mobile phones can soon be used to help teachers improve English language literacy skills among primary school students in Nigeria. The project is being launched by UNESCO and Nokia, with support from the British Council and the National Teachers’ Institute of Nigeria.

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Back on Track Podcast: Young people provide strategic advice on education issues

UNICEF - Back on Track 29 April 2013

29 April 2013 – Members of the Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) gathered last week in Washington, DC, to advise high-level policy-makers on issues around education. Over the next year, the young leaders will provide strategic advice on young people’s priorities, mobilize youth groups and act as a connector between the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) and young people all over the world.

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UNICEF: Good teachers are vital to reach education goals

UNICEF 27 April 2013

26 April 2013 - In a week when education advocates shine a light on the importance of teachers, a UNICEF expert said today that teachers are keys to reaching education goals for all children, especially the poor and vulnerable. “Every day teachers around the world bring education to life by imparting knowledge and equipping children with the right tools to learn and thrive,” said Jo Bourne, UNICEF’s Associate Director and Global Chief of Education. “Recruiting the right people, training them and supporting teachers lay a sound foundation to fulfill every child’s right to quality learning.”

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Iraq 10 Years On - Schools try to play catch-up

IRIN News 26 April 2013

26 April 2013 - Thanks to growing oil revenues in the 1970s, Iraq had, by the early 1980s, developed a generous public services system. It was seen to have the best education system in the region, with near-universal primary school enrolment and an effective literacy programme. Had Iraq progressed at the same rate as other Middle Eastern countries, primary school enrolment for both boys and girls would be 100 percent today, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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1,200 quake-affected students sent to Chengdu for classes

Asia One 26 April 2013

26 April 2013 - As rain fell on the streets of Lushan county, the epicentre of a deadly earthquake in south-western Sichuan province, farmer Zhu Xiaoyan bade goodbye last Tuesday to her son Li Zhuoyi, 18, her eyes reddening. He had just boarded a bus bound for the provincial capital Chengdu, 172km away. There, at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, he and another 400-plus classmates from Lushan Senior High would resume their disrupted studies to prepare for the gaokao, or national college exams, in early June.

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Children of Syria - A UNICEF update

Reliefweb 25 April 2013

25 April 2013 - Zilan (10) and her three siblings took refuge in the Domiz Syrian refugee camp in Iraq four weeks ago. She is one of over 500 refugees who cross the Syrian border to Iraq every day. “ we had to stop going to school,” says Zilan. “We stayed at home because it was getting dangerous in Qamishli.” The city of Qamishli, close to the northern Syrian-Iraqi border, has recently seen increased fighting as the violence in Syria continues.

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UK support to get 250,000 Afghan girls into education

UK Department for International Development 25 April 2013

24 April 2013 - Girls in some of the poorest rural areas of Afghanistan are to get access to a quality education thanks to 3 new education programmes funded by the UK government.
The funding, worth £47 million over 3 years, will invest in innovative approaches to improve girls’ education from early childhood through to secondary school and will aim to get more than 250,000 Afghan girls into education.

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Education takes a hit in Myanmar’s Kachin State

IRIN News 23 April 2013

23 April 2013 - Traditional Kachin music fills the community hall as a troupe of singers bellows out a song for family and friends at the Teacher Training College in the town of Mai Ja Yang. It is a night of celebration for 65 graduates who have upgraded their teaching skills in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, not far from the Chinese border.

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Russia donates US$ 2 million to UNRWA

UNRWA 22 April 2013

22 April 2013 - For the first time, Russia has contributed US$ 2 million to the General Fund of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The funds will go towards supporting UNRWA health, education and social services programmes to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in the region.

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A New Drive Toward Universal Primary Education

New York Times 22 April 2013

22 April 2013 - Less than three years before a turn-of-the-millennium promise by world leaders to ensure that all children can attend primary school becomes due, 61 million still have no classroom to go to. There has been progress since 1999, when 106 million children were out of school worldwide, according to the United Nations.

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Qualité de l’éducation dans les zones de conflit : les défis à relever

IIEP 22 April 2013

18 Avr 2013 - Les pays en conflit souhaitent une amélioration des stratégies visant à intégrer la prévention des conflits dans les politiques et programmes éducatifs, ainsi qu’une meilleure prise en compte de l’éducation par les bailleurs de fonds et les acteurs humanitaires

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The challenges of providing quality education in conflict areas

IIEP 22 April 2013

18 April 2013 - Conflict-affected countries called for better strategies to ensure that conflict-prevention is integrated into education policies and programmes and that education is not overlooked by donors and humanitarians

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UNICEF and CECC-SICA report reveals that school failure affects more than 3.5 million children and a

UNICEF 20 April 2013

17 April 2013 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination of Central American Integration System (CECC / SICA) launched today, in a joint effort, the report Finishing school in Central America: the pending challenges.

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Beyond-the-classroom approach vital to eradicate poverty

United Nations Development Programme 19 April 2013

18 April 2013 - With 1,000 days to go to meet global education goals, innovative partnerships and coordinated actions that go beyond the education sector are urgently needed to achieve a breakthrough for the 61 million children worldwide who are not in school. This was the theme of a high-level forum held in Washington D.C. today, hosted by World Bank President Jim Kim, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

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Education: A Possible Dream

Huffington Post 19 April 2013

17 April 2013 - Six-year old Elizabeth Atenio walks two hours every day through a Nairobi slum to get to school. In Brazil’s Sertao region, Mateus and his cousins saddle up their mules every morning and ride for 75 minutes to attend classes. For 11-year-old Amal Al-Torchani, the path to her school in Misrata, Libya, leads through bombed-out houses where mines and unexploded weapons are a daily threat.

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