Culture and Education

Drag queen story hour: tales of acceptance and dreams

In full costume and make-up, drag queen Madame Bonjour JohnJ, is teaching children that it’s ok to be different, during storytelling sessions in their native Tokyo.

New initiative to improve nutrition standards for school meals

A new project launched on Monday by two UN agencies aims to improve the diet of school-age children by supporting the development of nutrition standards for school meal programmes.

Protect linguistic diversity on International Mother Language Day

The head of the UN’s educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, has called for defending linguistic and cultural diversity in her message to mark International Mother Language Day on Monday. 

Students go back to Haitian school three years after gang attack

Students have returned to the Lycée National de La Saline after it was closed due to gang violence.

Training offers a way out of poverty for young victims of Colombian conflict

Camilo Vergara is one of hundreds of young Colombians benefiting from a UN programme aimed at pulling victims of the country’s former conflict out of poverty, and into stable employment.

Radio: The universal medium that leaves no one behind

In the age of new communication technologies and social media, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recently announced the designation of new FM frequencies to expand radio's reach in Africa. 

Veterans reflect on past, present and future of radio at the UN

This year’s World Radio Day marked on Sunday, focuses on the pertinent theme of “Radio and Trust”, at a time when misinformation and disinformation are spreading, and distorting the flow of life-saving facts in relation to public health, as well as fanning hate speech. 

Encourage today’s girls to become ‘tomorrow’s leading scientists and innovators’

In his message marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the UN chief on Friday called for an enabling environment where “today’s girls become tomorrow’s leading scientists and innovators, shaping a fair and sustainable future for all”.

Teaching key to better ocean protection, says UNESCO chief

Education needs to be one of the key pillars for action by countries across the world to better protect the seas and oceans from damaging climate change, said the head of the UN Scientific, Educational, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday.