World still has long way to go to achieve education for all – UN-backed report

Despite significant efforts to increase resources, and record levels of children going to school, many drop out before the fifth grade or graduate without mastering even a minimum set of cognitive skills, threatening global educational goals set in 2000, according to a new United Nations-backed report.

UNICEF calls on nations to overcome hurdles to gender equality in education

Acknowledging that HIV/AIDS, conflict and deepening poverty have eroded gains in enrolling more girls in school in many countries, the head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on nations to respect promises made to ensure that girls and boys receive the same educational opportunities.

UN chooses Costa Rican human rights expert as rapporteur on right to education

A Costa Rican professor and adviser with a long record of advocating for the protection of human rights has been selected by the United Nations to serve as the world body's Special Rapporteur on the right to education.

Despite progress, wide regional gaps remain in years spent in school – UN report

Despite a marked increase over the past decade in children attending primary and secondary schools worldwide, there remain substantial differences between countries and regions ranging from as much as over 17 years of education to as little as two years, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Send more girls to school, UNICEF stresses during Global Education Action Week

As part of the global Education for All Week, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling for increased efforts to reduce the disproportionate number of girls denied schooling.

Paper packaging company 'Stora Enso' to raise $2.5 million for UNICEF projects

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today that it has struck a five-year agreement with Stora Enso, a paper, packaging and forest products company, to help it in its bid to extend basic education to the 121 million children around the world who cannot go to school.