UNICEF backs call for urgent help to millions of girls denied an education

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is backing the urgent call from leaders of the Education For All (EFA) movement to dramatically accelerate measures to help 65 million girls currently denied an education.

UNESCO report finds girls still face fewer opportunities to attend school

Girls continue to suffer from discrimination in access to schooling in most developing countries, according to a report issued today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

123 million children out of school as education year starts - UNICEF

Some 123 million children are being left out as classrooms around the world open their doors for the start of the new school year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.

UNICEF to launch initiative to get West and Central African girls into school

Heading to Burkina Faso to launch an initiative to give more young females in West and Central Africa access to a quality education, the chief of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on leaders to focus "as a matter of extreme urgency" on schooling girls.

UN Children’s Fund chief launches girls’ education initiative in Pakistan

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a national initiative to boost girls’ education in Pakistan today, warning that until girls’ education became an urgent priority in South Asia, the region’s economic and social development would be hindered.

In 19 Arab countries, majority of 8 million children not in school are girls - UN

Girls make up more than half of the eight million children of primary school age in 19 Arab countries who remain out of school, although when given the chance to gain an education, they tend to repeat less than boys and complete their schooling more often, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new survey released today.

Annan supports attempt to set world record for largest educational lesson

In solidarity with people from more than 100 countries who attempted to break the world record for the largest simultaneous educational lesson, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said educating girls is the most effective tool for development.

UNICEF kicks off online campaign to collect pledges for girls' education

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in conjunction with a leading pan-European children's entertainment company, today launched an online campaign to collect pledges in support of the UN agency's drive to get more girls into school.