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When disaster strikes: how education and children’s futures were battered by Cyclone Idai

TheirWorld 17 April 2019

An in-depth look at how the deadly storm and flooding has disrupted the schooling of half a million children in southeast Africa - and the efforts to rebuild.
First comes the shock and the terror. Then the fight for survival - to find food, water and shelter, and to avoid diseases. But in the wake of a natural disaster, children very quickly need protection and education. Being in a safe learning environment with other youngsters is crucial if they are to begin to recover from the trauma. Children who are out for school for a long time after a disaster are in danger of falling prey to child labour, early marriage, trafficking and other risks. Many will never return to education. It’s a scenario repeated over and over as communities around the world fall victim to floods, earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

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ECW joins forces with the Islamic Development Bank

Education Cannot Wait 5 April 2019

Education Cannot Wait joins forces with the Islamic Development Bank to address the challenge of 28 million out-of-school children in OIC Member countries. To address this growing challenge, Education Cannot Wait – a global fund for education in emergencies that seeks to mobilize US$1.8 billion by 2021 to reach 8.9 million children living in the midst of war, disaster and crisis – signed an agreement this week with the Islamic Development Bank and a wide range of stakeholders for a Global Education Coalition for Enrolling and Retaining 28 million out-of-school children in OIC member countries by 2021.

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Few Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon Get Into Secondary Education

Al Fanar Media 2 April 2019

A report released last month has confirmed what has long been suspected—that the educational pipeline in Jordan and Lebanon has collapsed. In particular, refugee youth are not flowing through secondary schools—to graduation, or up into vocational or higher education.

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ACT to Protect Children Affected by Conflict

United Nations 2 April 2019

UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict launches new initiative to improve awareness and action to protect boys and girls affected by armed conflict. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, unveiled a new initiative to generate greater awareness and action to improve the protection of children affected by armed conflict.

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Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Students Expelled

Human Rights Watch 1 April 2019

The Bangladeshi government has expelled scores of Rohingya refugee children from schools in southeast Bangladesh since late January 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have ordered secondary schools near the refugee settlements in the Cox’s Bazar district to dismiss Rohingya students, who lack Bangladeshi citizenship.

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Students in Syria are a textbook case for post-Islamic State re-education

Los Angeles Times 1 April 2019

Authorities begin efforts to reeducate about 25,000 school-age children being held in Al Hol, the desolate internment camp on the edge of eastern Syria for members of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate and refugees from the communities the militant group controlled in Syria and Iraq. With the radical group having lost the last of the land it controlled after nearly five years of warfare, authorities now face the challenge of reeducating the children of the militant fighters, most of them schooled from an early age in Islamic State’s barbaric ways.

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Unrwa education in gaza holds awareness raising sessions for parents’ engagement in emergencies

UNRWA 27 March 2019

In December 2018, as part of an Education in Emergencies project, the UNRWA education programme in Gaza held an awareness-raising session for some 1,744 parents across 17 schools in the Gaza Strip.

Parental engagement is a vital component of the Agency-wide UNRWA Education in Emergencies (EiE) initiative. The full implementation of EiE is shouldered by parents and guardians who ensure the continuation of education both at home or in alternative spaces. During these sessions, parents have the opportunity to engage more actively with the content of their childrens’ education. They are able to explore the ways in which they will be able to further support the educational and psychosocial wellbeing of their children.

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Largest joint-United Nations programme on education to reach tens of thousands in S.Sudan

UNICEF 26 March 2019

Tens of thousands of school children in some of South Sudan’s most food insecure areas will benefit from a new European Union (EU) funded education in emergencies programme launched today in Aweil. The contribution, worth €24.4 million, will provide hot daily meals to 75,000 school children, help train some 1,600 teachers, equip learners with educational supplies and provide psychosocial support services for 40,000 children who are currently enrolled in schools and those out of school.

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African Edutainment Company Ubongo Wins Next Billion EdTech Prize

Forbes 24 March 2019

Ubongo, a Tanzanian-based company which creates fun, localized and multi-platform educational media that reaches millions of African families through television and the webs, has won the Next Billion Edtech Prize, an award launched by The Varkey Foundation to recognize innovative technology that can have an impact on education in low income and emerging world countries.

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Peter Tabichi: The 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner

Global Teacher Prize 23 March 2019

Peter Tabichi is a science teacher and Franciscan Brother who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor.  His dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his student’s talent has led his poorly-resourced school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national science competitions.

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Rebuilding bombed schools in Yemen

Norwegian Refugee Council 22 March 2019

Millions have fled their homes. Landmines and airstrikes, combined with a lack of food and medical help, are putting 24 million lives at risk. Amid conflict, hunger and cholera, we delivered aid to over 800,000 Yemenis last year.

Together with UNICEF, the NRC recently built a new school with ten classrooms next to the ruins of the old one. In Yemen, they make sure children living amid conflict can still access school. In southern Yemen alone, they’ve rehabilitated 30 schools and built 110 temporary learning spaces. the NRC also distribute school materials, equip learning spaces, train teachers and organise school meals.

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Education projects ease Syrian children integration into Turkish society

Daily Sabah 21 March 2019

Hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees, Turkey provides multidimensional education programs for Syrian children to help ease their transition into the schooling system

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A network of clowns brings laughter to Rohingya camps

Devex 15 March 2019

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — On a hot December afternoon, four clowns wait patiently for children to settle down. The teachers are struggling to bring order amongst the 500-odd children, who are transfixed. Some have their mouths open and others sit down without taking their eyes off the clowns — sometimes plopping onto a friend’s lap, adding to the commotion.

The children live in Kutupalong-Balukhali camp, the world’s largest refugee settlement, that stretches south from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. None of them have seen a clown in real life — until now.

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Massacre de Suzano, ataque a uma escola em São Paulo

Em País 15 March 2019

Na última quarta-feira, 13 de março, dois ex-alunos da escola mataram oito pessoas —cinco estudantes, a coordenadora e a inspetora da instituição de ensino e o tio de um deles.

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Governo moçambicano apura estragos do ciclone Idai

DW 15 March 2019

“Na província de Manica, houve a destruição de infraestruturas escolares na cidade de Manica e no distrito de Mossurize. (...) Mas na província da Zambézia, no distrito de Chire, estão a ser assistidas 1.500 pessoas num centro de acomodação em uma escola(...)”

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