UNICEF to launch initiative to get West and Central African girls into school

Heading to Burkina Faso to launch an initiative to give more young females in West and Central Africa access to a quality education, the chief of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on leaders to focus "as a matter of extreme urgency" on schooling girls.

UN Children’s Fund chief launches girls’ education initiative in Pakistan

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a national initiative to boost girls’ education in Pakistan today, warning that until girls’ education became an urgent priority in South Asia, the region’s economic and social development would be hindered.

In 19 Arab countries, majority of 8 million children not in school are girls - UN

Girls make up more than half of the eight million children of primary school age in 19 Arab countries who remain out of school, although when given the chance to gain an education, they tend to repeat less than boys and complete their schooling more often, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new survey released today.

Annan supports attempt to set world record for largest educational lesson

In solidarity with people from more than 100 countries who attempted to break the world record for the largest simultaneous educational lesson, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said educating girls is the most effective tool for development.

UNICEF kicks off online campaign to collect pledges for girls' education

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in conjunction with a leading pan-European children's entertainment company, today launched an online campaign to collect pledges in support of the UN agency's drive to get more girls into school.

UNICEF launches new push to help educate girls in 25 priority countries

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced the launch of a new campaign to get girls into school in 25 priority countries, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Key education goals elusive in more than 70 countries, UN agency reports

While 83 countries are on track to achieve universal education by 2015, a key goal set at a forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000, nearly an equal number will not make the target, with some even going backwards, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today in a new report.

Civic education programme ends in East Timor: UN

A programme to train civic educators in East Timor ended today in Dili, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) has announced.