NEWS AND EVENTS
Beyond School Books Podcast - International Peace Day: Education provides hope for young people in times of crisis
While conflicts rage, and global crises seem to multiply, one thing remains unchanged – children continue to seek an education.
To highlight the bravery of these inspiring young people, the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and UN Global Education First Initiative held an essay competition on education in crisis, receiving more than 700 submissions from around the world. Twelve of these essays were recently published in a booklet entitled: The Brightest Hope.
In the lead up to the International Day of Peace (21 September), UNICEF podcast moderator Mia Lobel spoke with two students and young essayists: Ivy Kimtai, 21, from the Mount Elgon region of Kenya and Jephthah Temona, 19, from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
Changing the World for Girls Series: Podcast #3
To mark International Day of the Girl Child 2014, this edition of Changing the World for Girls focuses on violence and girls, especially school-related gender-based violence. Podcast moderator Alex Goldmark speaks with two guests: Kuoth Wiel, a young actress who appears in the new Hollywood release, The Good Lie; and Professor Fiona Leach, an expert on international education.
Secretary Clinton Announces CHARGE at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting, September 2014
At the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced CHARGE (CHARGE (The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education) to address girls' education around the world.
The Power of Advocacy, September 2014
In 2000, the leaders of the world promised to get all children in the world into school by 2015. But today, 58 million children are still missing out on the opportunity to go to school. All around the world young people have got together to demand that world leaders deliver on their promise of universal education. To help make change happen through the power of advocacy, partners such as GEFI, Plan, A World at School, UNICEF, and UNGEI worked with young people to develop an advocacy toolkit which provided everything youth need to join the millions of young leaders around the world to advocate for change.
Rise #UpForSchool, September 2014
Every child has the right to go to school, without danger or discrimination. Help create a message no government, politician or leader can ignore. Nothing changes without pressure. Sign the #UpForSchool Petition. Act Now.
Changing the World for Girls Series: Podcast #2
This podcast was released in the lead-up to the Global Partnership for Education second Replenishment and Pledging Conference held in Brussels, Belgium on 26 June 2014. We spoke to Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the GPE and former Prime Minister of Australia on why more funding is needed to keep the promise of education.
Safe Spaces for Learning: Engaging Men and Boys
Gender-based violence is a problem all over the world that's tearing our families apart, undermining the basic rights of girls and women to live lives free of violence, and deeply undermines learning and girls educational achievement which, in turn, undermines the future prosperity of our communities. UNGEI is pleased to collaborate with Michael Kaufman (Ph.D., Educator, Writer, co-founder White Ribbon Campaign) to release this short video on gender-based violence and engaging men and boys to create safe learning spaces for girls and boys.
Changing the World for Girls Series: Podcast #1
In this episode of Changing the World for Girls, we talked to Dr. Adefunke Ekine, a lecturer at Tai Solarin University of Education in Nigeria, and Dr. Judith-Ann Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC).
UN Special Adviser says gender equality and girls' education critical in post-2015 goals
With the international community assessing the gains made by the MDGs and forging a path for the future after the 2015 deadline, Ms. Amina Mohammed has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help create an inclusive and sustainable development plan.
To Post-2015 and Beyond: Putting Girls' Education at the Heart of the Agenda, March 2014
UNGEI was pleased to host this event with its partners, UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA GMR), UNICEF, Education International (EI), Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) and Plan International. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 58 focuses on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls . Given the prominence of girls' education as an indicator of MDG 3 on gender equality and women's empowerment, CSW 58 is a strategic platform to focus on education as a vehicle for addressing gender inequality and achieving development outcomes for girls and women, and societies as a whole.
UNGEI and Girls' Education, 2013
In April 2013, UNGEI Global Advisory Committee members and partners met in New York to discuss the future of UNGEI as we countdown towards the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. We took this opportunity to get their thoughts as well as a special youth perspective.
2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report calls for investment in developing young people's skills
One in five young people aged 15 to 24 in 123 low- and middle-income countries has been left out of primary education and lacks skills for work. Of these people, the majority are young women.
What does it take to educate a girl?
Significant progress has been made towards providing education for all, yet according to UNESCO an estimated 67 million children still remain out of school – and over half of them are girls.
Discussing the importance of achieving universal quality education for all 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. AUDIO listen
Summit participants join efforts to educate and empower girls
Representatives from United Nations agencies, governments, the private sector and civil society recently gathered at the Women & Girls Education Summit in New York, to explore linkages between girls’ education and economic development.
Ghana strives for universal access to primary education by abolishing school fees
School fees are widely recognized as a major barrier to achieving Millennium Development Goal 2 on universal access to primary education.
Education key to achieving Millennium Development Goals
With 69 million children still not enrolled in school, and only five years remaining until the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline, the State of Qatar, Save the Children, UNESCO and UNICEF are co-hosting a high-level round table luncheon on 22 September in New York.
Gender equity beyond primary education
If girls and women in the developing world are to escape the cycle of poverty, the actions and investments that have helped more girls go to school need to be expanded beyond the primary level.
Strides still needed in girls' education, says women's rights expert
Education is a key component of United Nations Millennium Development Goal 3: to promote gender equality and empowerment of women. According to UNICEF’s flagship ‘Progress for Children’ report 2010 – subtitled ’Achieving the MDGs with Equity’ – most countries have reached or are close to reaching the MDG target for gender parity in primary education.
Educating Haiti’s children, six months on
Today marks the six-month anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing more than 220,000, displacing many more and severely affecting the education system.
Poverty, conflict and girls' right to education
More than half of the 72 million primary school-aged children out of school are girls. These children mostly come from the world’s poorest communities and, in many cases, from nations with long histories of conflict
Breaking the silence on gender-based violence in schools
For the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello speaks with two guests about violence against girls and the role of education.
Beyond Access: Quality Education for Life
The Millennium Development Goals call for universal access to education by 2015; however, simply getting children into school may not be enough to improve life opportunities for boys and girls and reduce the gender gap.
Breaking the barrier of exclusion
UN and UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello speaks to Mónica Alemán from the International Indigenous Women’s Forum and Maurice Bryan from Minority Rights Group International.