UNICEF report: addressing the learning crisis – an urgent need to better finance education for the poorest children

UNICEF has released new data showing major discrepancies in the way public education funding is distributed, with education for children from the richest 20 percent of households allocated nearly double the amount of education funding than children from the poorest 20 percent of households.  The data also shows that nearly one in three adolescent girls from the poorest households around the world has never been to school.

In Kirkuk, teamwork builds tolerance

UNICEF has been responding to friction and shortages in Kirkuk by establishing a programme to foster peace and tolerance, starting in schools. “It’s essential that education provision is equitable and that schools are conflict-sensitive so that they can promote peace,” says Kelsey Shanks, a consultant with UNICEF.

Save the Children seeks Education Sector Working Group Coordinator

The overall role of the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) Coordinator is to jointly lead the work of the group with UNHCR and UNICEF in order to ensure the effective, coherent, and predictable provision of education and assistance to vulnerable children affected by the refugees and migrant crisis in Greece.

Evaluation of the Transformative Potential of Positive Gender Socialization in Education for Peacebuilding

UNICEF commissioned American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct an evaluation of the Karamoja, Uganda, pilot of the programme Gender Socialization in Schools: Enhancing the transformative power of education for peacebuilding. Supported by UNICEF and the Ugandan Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, the programme aimed to trial a practical, school-based intervention to demonstrate the peacebuilding potential of positive gender socialization in the conflict-affected Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda.

Smurfs team up with United Nations in 2017 for a happier, more peaceful and equitable world

The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation. The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015.

2016 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Awards Winners

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) announced the winners of the 2016 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education. Felisa Tibbitts of Columbia Teachers College is the recipient of the award for individual achievement in the field. Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana will accept the organizational award on behalf of the DC Human Rights Learning Project, an initiative of the American Friends Service Committee.

Forging a Peaceful Future: Four Years of UNICEF’s Learning for Peace Programme

The UNICEF Learning for Peace Programme, launched in 2012 with the support of the Government of the Netherlands, helped promote peace through education in 14 conflict-affected countries: Burundi, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, State of Palestine, Uganda, and Yemen.

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