Marking Universal Children’s Day on Wednesday, UN child rights experts called on governments to make child protection a priority, with millions of children affected by conflict, violence and exploitation every day. Find out more: http://goo.gl/t4aKnP
Do something for children this Universal Children’s Day - take action to ensure education’s central place in all new development goals after 2015: http://www.education-transforms.org/en/
PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 5 November 2013
A man and a boy in Atma in the Syrian Arab Republic, an encampment for displaced persons, near the border with Turkey.
Inside the Syrian Arab Republic, the conflict has affected some 6.8 million people, including 4.25 million who have been internally displaced. Children are increasingly vulnerable, enduring the significant psychological toll of violence as well as the disintegration of infrastructure essential to their health and well-being – and their future.
A Generation at Risk
More than 28 million children are currently out of school due to war and conflict. Apart from the human suffering during war, damage to education represents perhaps the biggest loss for a country and its population. The hope and potential of a whole generation of children is at risk, and so is the fundamental ability of a nation to recover from crisis and build a better future.
Many countries embroiled in conflict remain overlooked in the global aid system. Analysis from the UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report shows that the share of humanitarian aid for education has declined, and with new countries to join the list of conflict-affected states, humanitarian crises are likely to escalate. Funds are needed more than ever to bring education to the millions of children out of school, as well as to bring more attention to the ways damage on education can increase the risk of future conflict.
Tuesday is the International Day of Rural Women! UN Women calls for action on the glaring inequality of women in the agricultural workforce and is developing programmes that empower rural women worldwide. Find out more: http://owl.li/pK82U
Why girls’ education matters
With 31 million girls of primary school age out of school, and 17 million expected never to enter school at all, the situation for girls’ education desperately needs addressing. But why does it matter? This Friday is International Day of the Girl Child, where individuals and organisations around the globe will be coming together to highlight the plight of the girl child and to make demands for improvements in girls’ education. We are joining the call by highlighting the enormous benefit that education has on improving the lives of girls and women, and the lives of those around them.
For a large number of girls, getting a good education can be a matter of life or death. For many others it affects their health and that of their families, their rights to equal employment opportunities and pay, and their chance to marry later and to choose when and how many children they have.
“Instead of sending weapons to Afghanistan and all these countries which are suffering from terrorism, send books. Instead of sending tanks send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”
The ever inspiring Malala Yousafzai speaking last week at the UN at the first anniversary of Global Education First, which aims to put every child in school.
Watch this video to see Malala speak and find out more: http://uni.cf/16PXDAT
And read Malala’s teacher’s speech from a special event at the UN ahead of the General Assembly: http://efareport.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/mariam-khalique-speech-unesco-event-19-sept-new-york/