education

More than half of children and youth worldwide 'not learning' – UNESCO

About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows.

UNICEF urges countries to prioritize early childhood development

There is no period more critical in a child's development than the first 1,000 days of life, and yet 32 countries – including Bangladesh and the United States – lack three basic national policies to support parents of babies and young children, says a new United Nations report issued today.

World leaders gathered at UN commit to boosting investment in education

World leaders today pledged to tackle the education crisis that is holding back millions of children and threatening economic development, at a high-level event at United Nations Headquarters in New York aimed at securing finance for this critical goal.

News in Brief 19 September 2017 (PM)

DRC urged to protect refugees following deadly shooting

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to ensure better protection for refugees and asylum-seekers following a deadly shooting incident in the eastern part of the country.

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News in Brief 18 September 2017 (PM)

Appeal for “global solidarity” to help millions hit by Irma: UN chief

The UN chief António Guterres has appealed for “global solidarity” on behalf of the millions affected by Hurricane Irma and other extreme weather events to come.

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Over 3.5 million refugee children missing out on education, UN report finds

Over 3.5 million refugee children did not have the chance to attend school in the last academic year, according to a report published today by the United Nations refugee agency, which is calling for education to be a vital component of humanitarian response.

UN and Africa: focus on North-east Nigeria, UN camps in South Sudan and solar energy in Nigeria

North-east Nigeria’s problems principally due to “development failures”

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Education, women’s empowerment “top priorities” for UN in India

In order to meet the challenges of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), India should prioritize women’s empowerment and educatio

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Women and children plead for peace in South Sudan ‘ghost town’

Women and children are urging authorities in South Sudan to restore peace in the town of Yei.

Violence between Government and opposition forces which erupted last year has forced thousands to flee.

Dianne Penn reports.

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Solar energy and GPS bringing education to Nigeria's nomad children

There is much the world can learn from nomadic cultures, according to a man who is using solar energy, GPS technology and virtual reality to bring education to children in Fulani communities in northwest Nigeria.

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