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Teachers return to classrooms with innovative teaching methods

UNICEF South Asia 14 March 2019

UNICEF, together with the Education Department of Balochistan has initiated a ‘Continuous Professional Development’ programme. This in-service teacher training, funded by the European Union, is being implemented in 11 districts of the province to build the capacities of primary and middle school teachers.

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Closing the Gaps in Global SEL Research

Salzburg Global Seminar 13 March 2019

Participants at Social and Emotional Learning: Time for Action explore the gaps in research on SEL

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Colapso de escola na Nigéria causou 20 mortos

Observador 13 March 2019

“Colapso de edifício onde funciona escola na Nigéria deixa adultos e crianças soterrados”

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CPLP elogia “tranquilidade” e “civismo” do acto eleitoral guineense

Expresso das Ilhas, Agência Lusa 11 March 2019

“​O chefe da missão de observadores da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP) elogiou o “civismo” dos guineenses nas eleições legislativas de domingo, um dia vivido com normalidade e “tranquilidade”.”

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UNICEF alerta para morte de mais de 1.000 crianças na guerra da Síria em 2018

Agência Lusa 11 March 2019

“UNICEF alertou que 1.106 crianças morreram durante os combates na Síria em 2018, o ano mais letal nos quase oito de guerra, e exortou as partes em conflito a darem prioridade à sua proteção.”

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Burkina Faso - the country where it’s too dangerous to go to school

BBC 11 March 2019

Desks and chairs are piled up in the corner of a school with no children. On the blackboard, the date has been written down: 15 December 2018.

The headteacher says the school just outside the town of Foubé in northern Burkina Faso, which the BBC visited in March, had closed after an attack by armed men in the area.

“A lot of schools have been torched. Teachers have been attacked and some even killed,” says Samuel Sawadogo, explaining that most of his staff fled in the wake of the raid.

“When a teacher is killed, no-one does anything - so we have to save ourselves.”

In the three areas affected by an upsurge in violence in Burkina Faso, 1,111 out of 2,869 schools have closed in recent months. These regions - the North, the Sahel and the East - are in the north of the country that borders Mali and Niger where jihadist militants have operated for several years. In the province of Soum, in Sahel Region, 352 schools are now closed.

More than 150,000 children are affected by these closures - a staggering number in a country where education is already an issue. In 2016, only 57.9% of children finished primary school.

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Theirworld Announces $2.85 million contribution to Education Cannot Wait

Education Cannot Wait 5 March 2019

5 March 2019, New York – The global charity Theirworld announced today a new US$2.85 million (2.52 million euros) contribution to Education Cannot Wait to support the rapid deployment of education assistance to refugee, displaced and vulnerable children caught in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

This contribution was made possible through a US$3.57 million (3.15 million euros) grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery to Theirworld for the global charity to support education in emergencies which was announced at the annual Goed Geld Gala in Amsterdam on Monday. Theirworld will direct US$2.85 million (2.52 million euros) of this generous grant to be delivered in partnership with Education Cannot Wait, launching a unique public-private partnership between the lottery,  and Education Cannot Wait. As part of the new partnership, Theirworld’s Safe Schools Framework will provide guidance on how investments in safe schools and learning environments can be made more effective.

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‘We risk losing a whole generation’, aid groups warn amid Sahel education crisis

Reuters 1 March 2019

YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of schools forced to shut in Africa’s crisis-hit Sahel has doubled since 2017, depriving almost half a million children of education, the United Nations said on Thursday. Almost 2,000 schools have been closed in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, as heightened security fears and poverty have left more than 400,000 children without education, the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, said. Some 10,050 teachers are unable to work or forced to flee their homes due to the crisis, UNICEF added. The Sahel region has suffered violence in recent years from militant groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, trafficking and the emergence of armed groups in one of the world’s poorest regions.

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UNICEF And LEGO Are Teaming Up To Build Better Futures For Children

Forbes 27 February 2019

In a classroom in Jordan, Syrian refugee children are hard at work constructing sprawling, multicolored towers and fantastic machines. There’s plenty of excited conversation as they share ideas, pass building materials back and forth and proudly display their finished creations.

Play is the work children do. That’s why UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation have teamed up to help children everywhere reach their full potential. Over the past three years, the partnership has promoted quality early learning through play for children in 48 countries around the world, increasing the global capacity to leverage early-learning opportunities and driving global understanding and commitment to the value of play in education.

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Multi-year education response programme launched to benefit ½ million Afghan children annually

Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF 21 February 2019

Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 February 2019 –  Today, the Government of Afghanistan, the Education Cannot Wait, global fund for education in crisis, and UNICEF launched a multi-year (2018 – 2021) education response programme, for which an initial US$ 22 million has been secured. The new programme will support the government’s policy on community based-education and improve access to safe and reliable education for 500,000 most vulnerable children, including 325,000 girls, in Afghanistan annually.

During the past decade, Afghanistan has been making progress in improving children’s access to education.  Primary school enrollment rate increased from 1 million to 8.5 million between 2002 and 2019.  Yet, violence, poverty and drought are among the many issues that threaten to reverse these gains. Approximately 3.7 million children remain out-of-school. Girls and children with disabilities are especially vulnerable. About 60 per cent of the out-of-school children are girls, and only 5 per cent of children with disabilities are able to access education.

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Malian refugees in Mauritania: education in an emergency context

Euronews 21 February 2019

Mauritania is the second host country for refugees fleeing Mali. Almost 55,000 people of the 135,000 who have fled Mali are now in Mauritania. Nearly 60% of those are children. As the conflict in Northern and Central Mali worsens, Aid Zone travelled to the Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania to see what is being done to educate the refugee minors there and protect them from forced marriage and child labour.

Seen from above, Mbera is a sea of tents and sand. 55,000 refugees have travelled the 60 kilometres from the border to get there. It is the only such camp for Malians in Mauritania.

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Gordon Brown: new funding needed urgently to give education and hope to millions of children

Theirworld 19 February 2019

New funding is needed urgently to prevent millions of children and youth being left without education and hope, UN envoy Gordon Brown warned today. Escalating crises in several parts of the world have contributed to more than 30 million children being displaced and 75 million having their education disrupted. “These young people are no longer only the lost generation, they are the invisible generation,” said Brown, who is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education. “A lost generation is not only identified by empty classrooms, silent playgrounds and short, unmarked graves. A lost generation is one where hope dies in those who live.”

He spoke about the plight of young refugees as he appealed for new funding for education in emergencies. Brown, speaking at the UN headquarters in New York, said two new programmes will be announced this month to help children who are out of school because of conflicts and disasters.

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

Time 15 February 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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Education and income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities

ReliefWeb 15 February 2019

Education and income-generating opportunities must be made top priorities for the nearly one million Rohingya still languishing in the world’s largest refugee camp almost 18 months after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, said three leading NGOs as a new UN funding plan for the crisis launched in Geneva today.

In a statement issued today, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision called on international governments to generously fund the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis. While the agencies applaud the ambitious new JRP—an appeal for US$ 920.5 million to assist 1.25 million people, including 909,000 Rohingya refugees and 336,000 host community members—they urge donors to emphasize education and income-generating activities when allotting funding.

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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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