Countries struggling to meet rising demand for secondary education – UN

Global demand for secondary education has risen exponentially, says a new United Nations report, which adds that governments, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, are having a hard time keeping up and many children are being left out.

UN forum tackles enduring disparities in education faced by girls

With evidence showing that disparities in education widen as girls grow, the United Nations today kicked off a two-day meeting in Paris devoted to gender inequality in classroom achievement and on women’s leadership role in education.

Millions of children to benefit from UN partnership to train school principals

The United Nations educational agency has embarked on a new partnership to train thousands of school principals, beginning in Kenya, Ghana and India, that has the potential to benefit up to 10 million children in the future.

Chile: UN expert calls for quality education that is accessible and affordable for all

Recent student protests in Chile, which were marked by violence in which a student was killed, provide an opportunity to reevaluate the country’s education policies with an emphasis on human rights, a United Nations expert said today.

UN high-level forum urges greater efforts to ensure access to decent education for all

Government officials at a United Nations meeting in Geneva today called for the boosting of efforts to ensure education for all, stressing the fundamental role it plays in creating an inclusive society, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development.

Right to education must be supported with adequate resources – UN expert

Education is a fundamental human right that must be protected from economic difficulties and supported with adequate funding, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.

UN Economic and Social Council shines spotlight on expanding access to education

An estimated 67 million school-age children worldwide are unable to attend classes because of financial, social and other obstacles, a senior United Nations official has warned as the world body’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) met to discuss how to ensure that everyone has access to a decent education.

UNICEF advocate Shakira highlights power of education on visit to Jerusalem

The international singing sensation and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Shakira today highlighted the power of education as she met with Jewish and Palestinian students who study together at a school in Jerusalem.

Senior UN official lauds new initiative to get Haitian children into school

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has welcomed the $360 million fund launched by Haiti’s new President to ensure the most disadvantaged children in the country can go to school.

Ban outlines social benefits of ensuring women have access to education

Secretary-Ban Ki-moon today underlined the huge benefits societies reap from ensuring that girls and women have access to education, saying the opportunity to acquire knowledge creates a new generation of mothers who in turn raise educated and empowered young women.