News in Brief 23 August 2019

  • School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire
  • Sudan flash-floods leave 54 dead, nearly 200,000 affected: OCHA
  • Ebola outbreak spreading but intensity of transmission has fallen: WHO
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Palestinian students ‘compelled to drop dreams because of financial cuts’

For students attending schools funded by the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, (UNRWA), uncertainty over the future has become a constant worry, said the agency’s Director of Operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale.

UNICEF tent classrooms a safe space for children affected by cyclone in Tonga

Thousands of children in Tonga are back at school one month after Cyclone Gita slammed into the Pacific Island nation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

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News in Brief 12 June 2017 (PM)

UN chief expresses support, “admiration” for UNRWA following criticism

The UN Secretary-General expressed his concern on Monday over “recent public criticism” of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

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News in Brief 24 April 2017 (PM)

Concerns mount for “safety and protection” of 400,000 in Raqqa, Syria

Concerns are mounting for the “safety and protection” of more than 400,000 civilians living inside the city of Raqqa, in Syria, which has been the de facto capital of the ISIL terrorist group since 2014.

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News in Brief 7 February 2017 (PM)

Surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine forces children out of school

Thousands of children have been forced out of schools in eastern Ukraine following last week’s surge in fighting, humanitarian organisations in the country have confirmed.

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UN and Africa: focus on Libya, Botswana and Liberia

“Extremely risky” conditions for civilians throughout Libya: UN

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“Tent” school opened in Lebanon for Syria refugees

Local public schools in Lebanon can accommodate only half of the 400,000 school-age Syrian refugee children in the country according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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Concern over quality of education in Palestine refugee schools

Concern over the quality of education in Palestine refugee schools operated by the United Nations in the Middle East may lead to a reduction in class sizes.

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Students and teachers in Gaza counting on UN chief

Students and teachers in Gaza say they are counting on the UN Secretary-General to help keep their schools open and solve the current funding crisis.

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