NEWS AND EVENTS

2009

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Vietnam - School boarding houses ensure local ethnic minority children complete their education
Dinh Thi Ha, a girl from Monic village in Vietnam, faces greater difficulties than many attending school. Her village lies in Son Ky, a mountainous commune in Son Ha district.

 
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FAWE and DANIDA partner to empower out-of-school girls in conflict-affected states
AWE has signed an agreement with the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) to economically empower out-of-school girls in three conflict-affected states (CAFS) in Africa.

 
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‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies.
NEW YORK, USA, 15 June 2009 – An estimated 100 million girls around the world are involved in child labour, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

 
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Investing in Women and Girls: Cost-Effective and Smart Economics, Says UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS 11 July 2009 - Investing in women and girls during the global financial crisis will help set the stage for economic recovery and reduce inequality and poverty, according to Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

 
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Give girls a chance - Tackling child labour, a key to the future
Media summary of the ILO report: Give girls a chance - Tackling child labour, a key to the future.

 
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The Gender Perspectives of the Global Crisis of 2008
The financial and economic crises of 2008 had gender-specific impacts and placed a disproportionate burden on women, in particular poor, migrant and minority women.

 
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Podcast on education and minority and indigenous groups
NEW YORK, USA, 30 July 2009 – Worldwide, more than half of the children not attending school are from minority or indigenous populations, according to a report released this month by Minority Rights Group International, in collaboration with UNICEF.

 
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UK reviews education programme in the developing world
The UK is set to remodel its education programme in the world’s poorest countries in an attempt to help children who are considered the hardest to reach and revive international efforts to get all primary aged children into school by 2015.

 
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Make or Break: IMF’s new lease on life must benefit Education for All
Global, 18 May 2009, The Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are a ‘make or break’
moment for whether the G20 deal will benefit the millions of children and adults struggling to get an
education, according to a new policy report from the Global Campaign for Education (GCE).

 
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The real girl power
These are critical times for girls. As the global economy teeters on the brink, the wellbeing of millions in both the developed and the developing world is at risk.

 
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Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Youth Day
12 August 2009 - We mark International Youth Day amidst a global economic and social crisis that is hitting young people hard.

 
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Regional - APYouthNet E-Discussion On Education And Skills To Improve Employment For Young People
The Asia Pacific Knowledge Network on Youth Employment (APYouthNet) is a community of practice that connects youth employment experts from across the Asia Pacific region.

 
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International Youth Day - SUSTAINABILITY: Our Challenge. Our Future.
It is often said that young people are our future. They are our present, too. It is today, and not tomorrow, that we must invest in young people and include them in solving the great challenges of our times.

 
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Youth explore peace through creative expression
TAIPING, Malaysia,  9 August 2009 – Faced with the challenge of becoming the peace-builders of the future, 50 youth aged between 15 and 18 from Taiping, Perak, used stories, songs, art and drama to share their perspectives of peace during a Youth Leadership Training jointly organised by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Taiping Peace Initiative (TPI) over the weekend.

 
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International Youth Day - 130 million young people still illiterate
International Youth Day will take as its theme Sustainability: our challenge, our future.

 
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Girl Power: Girl Guides Unite for Schoolgirls in Africa
United Kingdom, October 17 2009 - From Dorset to Dubai, nearly 12,000 Girlguiding UK members aged between five and twenty-five have united to send thousands of girls to school in some of the poorest communities of Africa.

 
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World AIDS Day, December 1: Education is a right
In a message on the occasion of World AIDS Day, Director-General of UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova says: ‘All people have the right to education, information and services that will enable them to avoid HIV infection, and for those living with HIV, to have the best possible quality of life free from stigma and discrimination.’

 
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Global committee meets at crucial point for girls' education
PARIS, France, 8 December 2009 – The GAC convened at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 7-8 December for a business and technical meeting, timed to feed its recommendation into the Working Group on Education for All Meeting, to be held 8-10 December at the same location.

 
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FAWE joins Clinton Global Initiative in supporting investment in girls
Global, Tuesday 22 September 2009 - FAWE joins Clinton Global Initiative in supporting investment in girls

 
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Thousands participate in Camfed’s film campaign on World AIDS Day
On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009, Camfed kicked off a dynamic multimedia campaign called “Educate a Girl and Change the World,” which aims to unleash profound change for millions of children in Africa.

 
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Girls’ Education Week helps girls recognize their potential in Sierra Leone
KABALA, Sierra Leone, 15 December 2009 – Hawa Marrah, 12, is a pupil of the Islamic Primary School in Kabala, an agrarian community in northern Sierra Leone. Her results from the National Primary School Examination have just been published and she is one of five girls who had the best results in the district. 

 
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Convention brings progress on child rights, but challenges remain
NEW YORK, USA, 30 June 2009 – The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) represents a major milestone in the historic effort to achieve a world fit for children. As a binding treaty of international law, it codifies principles that Member States of the United Nations agreed to be universal – for all children, in all countries and cultures, at all times and without exception, simply through the fact of their being born into the human family.

 
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Mothers’ campaign promotes girls’ right to schooling in northern Cameroon
Hawa Mahmadou, 12, was devastated when she was forced to drop out of school two years ago because her parents couldn’t afford the fees. She spent her days doing household chores.

 
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Documentary Film : 'We Are The People We’ve Been Waiting For'
‘We are the people we’ve been waiting for’ is a documentary feature that examines the worldwide crisis in modern education. It follows the lives of five teenagers and the challenges they face, and explores how innovative approaches to education can help a new generation make the most of their individual talents in a rapidly changing world. Find out more at the film website...

 
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“I am so proud I made it!”
Hawa Marrah, 12, is a pupil of the Islamic Primary School in Kabala, an agrarian community in northern Sierra Leone. Her results from the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) have just been published and she is one of five girls who had the best results in the district.  

 
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Apply for a Women Deliver Conference 2010 Scholarship!
Washington DC, USA, October 27, 2009 - Women Deliver 2010 is going to be a different kind of conference. We believe that women are at the economic heart of the developing world. And to do this work, they need to be healthy.

 
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Yemen: Educating Girls
Yemen’s Millennium Development Goal of reaching 100 percent primary school enrollment by 2015 is particularly challenging given the country’s significant population growth and deep poverty.

 
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Young Champion’s Consultation in South Asia
UNGEI Young Champions from seven countries across South Asia converged in Kathmandu, Nepal from 8-11 September for the Young Champion’s Regional Consultation. 

 
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Evidence-based Advocacy for Gender and Education Workshop Sept 8-11 in Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand, 8-11 September 2009 - UNICEF and UNGEI joined hands in support of stronger evidence-based advocacy towards gender equality in education. 

 
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Education Project in Rajasthan
RAJASTHAN, India, 14 October 2009 - For years, twelve-year-old Madhubala Bishnoi’s life was not very different from that of generations of girls before her in this far corner of Rajasthan.

 
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The lens zoomed and focused on us
MONARAGALA, Sri Lanka, 08 October 2009 - Using tele-cinema to communicate challenges children face, and to advocate possible solutions to their own issues, would seem a little unconventional in the Sri Lankan context.

 
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Queen Rania visits the Young Women’s Leadership School
With the fundamental right to education denied to 75 million children worldwide, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, on Monday, urged girls from the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem in New York to sign up their names in support of the 1GOAL: Education for All initiative launched in partnership with FIFA in the run up to the 2010 World Cup.

 
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H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan joins UNICEF in congratulating young women of Harlem
The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem serves students from minority and low-income families. It is a pioneer in all-girl public education, and a model of success.

 
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1GOAL: Education For All campaign launched
LONDON, UK, 27 August 2009, The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) launched its World Cup 2010 project "1GOAL" at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 20 August.

 
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Partnering for girls’ education in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 8 September 2009 – Three children, all seemingly under 10 years of age, are camped around Freetown’s Cotton Tree – a historic site for offering prayers for peace and prosperity – begging for handouts. They do not go to school.

 
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Beating All Odds, Refugee Girl Shines At School
NAIROBI, Kenya - 08 August 2009 - Fatuma could have married at fifteen. She could have been among the many Somali girls who never have a secondary education. She could have stayed in the refugee camp where she grew up, helping her mother collect water and firewood.

 
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Dr. Jacqueline Kirk Commemorative Competition
Gender Equality In and Through Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crisis and Early Recovery

CALL FOR PAPERS & CASE STUDIES: August 2009

 

The Truth About Youth
Lately, it seems everyone's talking about youth.  This is good news because it means youth are becoming an important part of the development agenda. It's now generally recognized that achieving the MDGs is contingent upon paying greater attention to the next generation. Most major global conferences and events now have parallel youth sessions. Organizations such as the UN and the World Bank produce major reports focused on youth. Discussions on global poverty often include references to "youth bulge," "at-risk youth," and "youth policy."

 
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A window of hope for girls in Jalalabad
In Afghanistan, more than half of the population is below the age of 18. Youth literacy rates are low.  For young women and girls, the situation is of particular concern.

 
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A ray of hope
DIDHARA, India, 31 July 2009 - Change takes time. In one village in India, a family rejoices in the modest changes that World Vision has brought so far, but much more needs to be done. 

 
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A brave young girl who defied child marriage brings change to Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 24 July 2009 – Defying child marriage was unheard of in Yemen until Nojoud Ali, 10, went to court in Sana’a and asked for divorce. Ending what she described as a “nightmare married life,” the court granted her a divorce from her 30-year-old husband.

 
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Japanese Government partners with UNICEF for ‘Thousand Classroom Project’ in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 17 July 2009 - Sonia is one of the 2,800 students at the Soraya Girls’ High School located in the Karta-i-Char area of Kabul. Just 13 years old, she has already decided on a career.

 
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Overcoming barriers to girls’ education in Southern Sudan
RUMBEK, Sudan, 8 July 2009 – Mary, 17, is an eighth grader at the Deng Nhial Primary School in Rumbek, Southern Sudan. Mary’s mother is determined to see her daughter complete her schooling, since she did not have the opportunity to get an education herself.

 
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Girls' Education Wins with Lunch and Mentors
“Before, I had to take food from home,” says Mamanfati Issifou, an Ambassador's Girls Scholarship Program (AGSP) scholar; now, thanks to the scholarship lunch, I have lunch at school”.

 
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World Conference on Higher Education closes with an appeal for investment and cooperation
The UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education closed on 8 July with a call to governments to increase investment in higher education, encourage diversity and strengthen regional cooperation to serve societal needs.

 

Girls' education plays a large part in global development
Girls are an important resource for global development, but those living in developing countries do not reach their full potential because they do not receive a proper education.

 
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Promoting quality education for every girl and boy in Niger
One child in three does not go to school. And if a child is at school, chances are, she or he won't complete the primary cycle,

 
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Innovative learning supplies for classrooms in Gaza
GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 25 June 2009 – Brightly coloured cones, triangles and measuring tools were scattered across the school desks in the sparsely furnished fifth-grade classroom of the Mustafa Hafez primary school in Gaza City.

 
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On World Day against Child Labour, one Nepali girl's story of a fresh start
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 12 June 2009 – Maya Waiba was still shy of her 10th birthday when a labour contractor in her impoverished village in the south of Nepal promised her parents that she would receive a decent salary and an education in Kathmandu.

 
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Pounding rock and crushing potential: Child labour in DR Congo
KIPUSHI, Democratic Republic of Congo, 12 June 2009 – Covered in powder, Sylvian, 2, sits alongside his mother, pounding rocks with a mallet in an ore heap in  the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 
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World Day 2009: Give girls a chance: End child labour
The World Day Against Child Labour will be celebrated on 12 June 2009. The World Day this year marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the landmark ILO Convention No. 182, which addresses the need for action to tackle the worst forms of child labour.

 
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'Education for All' Faces $1.2 Billion Financing Gap
Global, May 8, 2009—A global push to enroll children in school faces an immediate financing gap of some $1.2 billion—a situation that threatens the goal of universal education by 2015, say backers of the Education for All-Fast Track Initiative (EFA-FTI).

 
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E-Forum on Teachers and HIV and AIDS: Reviewing achievements, identifying challenges
Limerick, Ireland, 18 to 29 May 2009 - UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) and the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education are organizing an e-Forum on “Teachers and HIV & AIDS: Reviewing achievements, identifying challenges” from 18 to 29 May 2009.

 
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First Ladies Pledge to Improve Maternal Health, Stop AIDS and Promote Girls' Education
LOS ANGELES, USA, 22 April 2009 -The African First Ladies Health Summit concluded with a commitment by these influential women to use their positions to improve maternal health, stop the AIDS epidemic and promote girls’ education.

 

“I Am a Leader, I Am an Entrepreneur”: Blogging from Zambia
Lubwe, Zambia: Saturday, April 18th -  Minutes before the Impact Fair starts, the students from the Leadership & Enterprise Course are practicing their presentations and fine-tuning their posters, putting the finishing touches on drawings of chickens and cell phones and overstuffed couches.

 
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Photo Contest 2009 - Promoting Gender Equality in Education
As part of the initiative to promote gender equality in education, UNESCO Bangkok - along with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), East Asia and Pacific (EAP) and South Asia (SA) - is pleased to invite entries for the Photo Contest 2009 on the theme of: Reversing Realities: Seeking Gender Equality in Education

 
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Young Champions advocate EFA through Art and Quizzes
THIMPHU, Bhutan, 6 April 2009 – The Young Champions of Bhutan participated in a Youth Festival organized by the Department of Youth and Sports under the Ministry of Education this past December.

 
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Eritrea celebrates women teachers as role models for girl students
ASMARA, Eritrea, 5 March 2009 – The Hotel Embasoira in Asmara recently hosted an award ceremony for women teachers, organized by the Ministry of Education and supported by UNICEF. The event, a first of its kind in Eritrea, celebrated the work and long-term achievements of 12 educators. 

 
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At Inter-Parliamentary Union conference, a call to action on adolescent girls' rights
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 9 April 2009 – Adolescent girls in developing countries are the world's greatest untapped resource for stability and growth. As economic actors and future mothers, safe, healthy, educated, economically empowered girls have the means to escape poverty and ignite progress.

 
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Rwanda’s First Lady awards girls for their academic excellence
KIGALI, Rwanda, 24 March 2009—Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, recently presented the annual Imbuto Foundation Awards in Kigali, which honour academic excellence among primary and secondary school girls.

 
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'Girl Power' reception outlines plans for UN task force on adolescent girls
NEW YORK, USA, 6 March 2009 – Leaders from seven international organizations converged for a 'Girl Power and Potential' reception this week in New York. The event featured a panel of speakers outlining the strategies and goals of the United Nations Interagency Task Force on Adolescent Girls.

 
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Child Club in South Darfur
DARFUR, Sudan, February 2009 - My name is Asrar Abubaker Ishag and I am 12 years old, I am studying at grade 7th in Elsaadia Basic School for girls, Nyala. I am the oldest of the five children in our family, my father is a policeman and my mother is a teacher. My family lives in Khartoum Belail area in Nyala. I have learnt a lot of things in the school besides the subjects.

 
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Students in Ghana dream big
GHANA, 29 January 2009 - Every evening, 15-year-old Rashida* returns home from school, changes out of her uniform, and rushes to a neighboring farm to help her mother harvest vegetables. Her father is disabled, so the modest profit the two of them earn must cover food, clothing and other necessities for all seven children and their parents. Despite having precious little time to study, Rashida is one of the top students at her junior secondary school. But with so much responsibility on her small shoulders, she admits that it is sometimes hard for her to imagine a more promising future.

 
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‘Everything is destroyed’: Siblings describe destruction of their school in Gaza
NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2009 – When Gaza’s schools reopen in the coming days, Maram, 12, does not know where she’ll go. “I want to see what happened to my school,” she said in a telephone interview with UNICEF Radio. “I saw pictures of it – It was very, very destroyed.”

 
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As UN aid operations are suspended, a Gaza teenager describes life amidst conflict
NEW YORK, USA, 8 January 2009 – As fighting in the Gaza Strip continued into its 13th day today, UN humanitarian assistance in the territory was suspended for an indefinite period because of the danger facing aid workers there. The the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) announced the suspension of aid operations due to "increasing hostile actions against its premises and personnel."

 
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UNICEF's Eminent Advocate, Queen Rania, speaks out on Gaza crisis
AMMAN, Jordan, 5 January 2009 – At a UNICEF-organized press conference here this morning, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah made an urgent plea on behalf of all the civilians living in Gaza – especially children – for a "humanitarian ceasefire" and for the international community to do all it can to help alleviate the suffering.

 

 

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