UN expert urges States to stand up for right to education, especially for girls

An independent United Nations expert has urged governments worldwide to stand up for the right to education, especially for girls, and to take the necessary steps to ensure that all children can go to school without fear.

Iraq: UN agencies welcome launch of first-ever national education strategy

United Nations agencies have welcomed the launch by the Government of Iraq of its first-ever national educational strategy, which will help to ensure quality education for the country's 33 million citizens, especially the most deprived children and youth.

UN expert calls on governments to ensure access to quality and inclusive education

Governments must focus not only on facilitating access to education to their citizens, but also on guaranteeing that they have the right to high quality learning without discrimination, a United Nations independent expert said today.

UN agencies join forces with Qatar to promote education among vulnerable children

Two United Nations agencies have partnered with Qatar’s Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to promote education for children living under occupation and in conflict zones, as well as for vulnerable out-of-school children in Iraq.

Dire need to increase funding for skills training in developing world, UN warns

It is vital to find alternative paths to teach basic skills for employment in developing countries, where 200 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school, and the need to increase funding to fill this deficit is dire, according to a United Nations report released today.

UN-backed prize honours mobile communication initiatives to advance education

Initiatives from China, India, Kenya, Switzerland and the United States will receive an award recognizing how mobile communication can help advance education, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today.

On World Teachers' Day, UN flags need for 1.7 million more teachers to reach universal primary education by 2015

Some 1.7 million more teachers are needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015, the second of the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the heads of various United Nations agencies said today in a joint statement marking World Teachers' Day.

UN chief unveils $1.5 billion initiative to achieve universal education

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he has secured $1.5 billion in commitments for a new initiative to increase access to, and the quality of, education for children worldwide.

UN report urges joint action to ensure all children in Latin America can finish schooling

Over 22 million boys, girls and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean are not in school or are at serious risk of dropping out, according to a new United Nations report, which calls for a joint effort across sectors to ensure that all children can complete their education.

UN honours literacy programmes in Bhutan, Colombia, Indonesia and Rwanda

Literacy programmes in Bhutan, Colombia, Indonesia and Rwanda won the 2012 International Literacy Prizes of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).