Thai student says language is “key to understanding different cultures”

A medical student from Thailand who’s studying at a university in China says the only way to understand another culture is through its language.

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Closing the gender gap in Maldives

The gender gap is closing in Maldives, albeit slowly, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Yemen schoolchildren "write on ground" amid shortages

Around 1.8 million children have had their schooling interrupted by fighting in Yemen and some youngsters are trying to write on the ground amid shortages, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said Friday.

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Education 'essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,' says Ban at Norway summit

The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.

Global education targets at risk amid surge in out-of-school numbers, says UN report

The number of out-of-school children and adolescents around the world has risen to worrying levels, dealing a potential blow to education targets aimed at achieving universal primary and secondary education, a new United Nations report has warned.

New UNESCO report finds some $2.3 billion required to send children to school in war-torn countries

It will cost $2.3 billion to send to school the 34 million children and adolescents of conflict–affected countries who are currently not attending educational institutions, which is 10 times the amount being received from humanitarian aid now, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new report released today.

Girls’ education brings human rights benefits

Educating girls could help change societies and improve the lives of millions, according to the UN Human Rights chief.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is also urging countries to ensure that girls have safe access to quality education that includes information about human rights.

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Obstacles remain for Afghan girls to access education

The number of girls in Afghanistan who are going to school has increased significantly since the former Taliban government was deposed in 2001, but obstacles remain, according to the United Nations.

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Marking 10-year partnership, UNICEF and Gucci celebrate education successes across Africa and Asia

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is celebrating its longstanding partnership with luxury goods brand Gucci and marking a decade of successes in bringing access to quality education to more than seven million children across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, the agency announced.

2015 ‘year of fear’ for children, UN education envoy says, urging schools funding in crisis zones

The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.