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Beyond School Books’ series moderator Amy Costello and former child soldier Ishmael Beah in the UN radio studios for their podcast discussion.

'Beyond School Books’ is a podcast series in education in emergencies.

'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #25
World Press Freedom Day. Moderator Amy Costello speaks with journalists Jenny Manrique and Brendan O’Malley and University of Sydney Professor Jake Lynch about the media’s role in reporting on education and children in times of crisis.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #24
Innovative financing for education. Moderator Amy Costello speaks with Kevin Watkins of UNESCO and Daniel Altman of North Yard Economics about the importance of investing in education.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #23
Technology helping schoolchildren in disaster areas. Moderator Amy Costello speaks with Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic Partnerships at Ushahidi, Patrick Meier, and with Sree Sreenivasan, a journalism educator at Columbia University, about the use of technology for crisis mapping in disaster areas.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #22
Learning to be leaders in Uganda. UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello speaks with a Ugandan student orphaned by AIDS and a former Ugandan child soldier about their experiences, and how education has transformed their lives.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #21
Sudanese child soldiers. UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello speaks with UNICEF Child Protection Officer Abraham Kur Achiek about his experience as a child soldier and the impact of education on his life.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #20
Protecting Rights through Child-Friendly Schools. UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello speaks with Prof. Roger Hart and Rebecca Chandler about the role of child-friendly schools, spaces and communities in protecting the rights of children in crisis situations.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #19
The right to choose education. On his impending departure from UNICEF, Global Chief of Education, Dr. Cream Wright speaks with moderator Amy Costello about the  empowering force of education and the importance of a child's right to choose.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #18
Fighting for access to education. Moderator Amy Costello speaks with Mayra Avellar Neves, Thandiwe Chama and Prof. Shantha Sinha about their pioneering work to bring peace and educational opportunities to children worldwide.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #17
Turning the tide of global warming. Amy Costello speaks to Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In 2007, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, along with former US Vice President Al Gore.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #16
Am I safe? The role of children and education in disaster risk reduction.  Some 175 million children are likely to be affected by climate-related disasters each year, according to Save the Children.  Amy Costello speaks to UNICEF’s Antony Spalton, UNICEF Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist, and Rhee, a 16-year-old boy from the Philippines about the role of children in protecting their communities from natural disasters.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #15
Giving Girls a Chance - Educating to End Child Labour. An estimated 100 million girls around the world are involved in child labour, according to the ILO. Chief Technical Adviser, the International Labour Organisation’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), Patrick Quinn; Professor Managing Director of the Sindh Education Foundation, Anita Ghulam Ali; and child labour activist Kailash Sityarthi discuss the importance of educating girls in the struggle to eliminate child labour.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #14
Education in the line of fire in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Last year in Afghanistan there were nearly 300 documented attacks on schools killing 92 people and injuring 169.  In Pakistan, 172 government and private schools, particularly girls' schools, have been destroyed in the Swat Valley district since 2007. Amy Costello hosts a discussion on the targeting of schools in the region with Wenny Kusuma, Country Programme Director, UNIFEM Afghanistan; Yasmeen Hassan, human rights lawyer and deputy director of programmes Equality Now; and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, journalist and award-wining documentary maker.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #13
UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Education in Emergencies. How critical is education for communities in times of natural disasters and war? What kind of challenges will the global economic crisis pose for agencies trying to deliver education services to children in emergency countries? Amy Costello interviews Nicholas Burnett, Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO; Lothar Krappmann, member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; Vernor Muñoz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education; and Leslie Wilson, Afghanistan Country Director, Save the Children.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #12
Crisis in Gaza. Moderator Amy Costello hosts a discussion on the impact of the crisis on schools, students and education personnel with Sir John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Ging, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and Dr. Eyad Rajab El Sarraj, founder and Medical Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #11
Recovery through Education.  Former child soldiers Ishamel Beah, Grace Akallo and Kon Kelei speak to moderator Amy Costello.  All three have lived through and participated in conflict in their native countries of Sierra Leone, Uganda and Sudan.  They share not only common experiences as former child soldiers, but also agree that it was education that enabled them to become the writers and advocates they are today.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #10
Financing education in emergencies. Moderator Amy Costello hosts a discussion with Desmond Bermingham Head of the ‘Education for All’ Fast Track Initiative Secretariat, Dr. Codou Diaw, Executive Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists and Peter Kramer  co-founder of the ‘Schools for Africa’ campaign.
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'Beyond School Books' audio series - Segment #9
Education under pressure in Iraq.  Amy Costello speaks to George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker,  Zuhal Sultan, a 17 year-old concert pianist in Baghdad and Mette Norstrand UNICEF's Chief of Education in Iraq about struggles of Iraqi youths to study amidst war.
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Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #8
Natural disasters and school construction featuring guests: Kate Stohr, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity and co-editor of the book, ‘Design Like you Give a Damn’; Dr. Brian Tucker, founder and President of GeoHazards International; and Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF's Representative in Indonesia.
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‘Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #7
Rwanda’s Children, 14 Years after the Genocide. Moderator Amy Costello hosts two guests from Rwanda, Immaculee Ilibagiza author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography Left to Tell and Dr. Kathy Kantengwa, Chair, Rwanda Executive Committee, Forum for African Women Educationalists.
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‘Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #6
Gender Equality. Moderator Amy Costello speaks with guests H.E. Vabah Gayflor, Minister of Gender of Liberia; Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA; and H.E. Kirsti Lintonen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations about the importance of gender equality in the education systems in countries affected by emergencies.
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‘Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #5
‘A World Fit for Children’. Moderator Amy Costello talks with guests H.E. Dr. Minkailu Bah, Minister of Education, Sierra Leone; Tove Romsaas Wang, Chair of the Rewrite the Future Campaign and Chief Operating Officer, Save the Children Norway; Alan Court, Director of UNICEF’s Programme Division; and Duhabo Goleecha, 13, from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya about  educating children in some of the world’s most challenging contexts.
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‘Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #4
A Classroom Far from Home. Moderator Amy Costello talks with guests President Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste and Dr. Rima Salah, former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF about educating refugee and displaced children.
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‘Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #3
Education Under Attack. Moderator Amy Costello talks with guests Sibeso Luswata, UNICEF Southern Sudan Chief of Education; Paul Martin, UNICEF Representative in Colombia; and Geeta Verma, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Iraq about the role of education in countries affected by conflict or emerging from it.
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Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #2
The War’s Over, Now Where’s Your Homework? Moderator Amy Costello talks with guests Ishmael Beah, youth activist and author of the best-seller, ‘A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier’; Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for The New York Times; and Dyan Mazurana, Director of Gender, Youth and Community, Feinstein International Famine Center, Tufts University about child soldiers and education, in the context of humanitarian aid delivery to conflict and post-crisis countries.
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‘Beyond School Books’ audio series - Segment #1
When Crises Strike Children. Moderator Amy Costello talks with guests Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and Gene Sperling, a Senior Fellow for Economic Studies and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, about education as a human right and long-term development tool.
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Breaking the barrier of exclusion: education and minority and indigenous groups

UN and UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello speaks to Mónica Alemán from the International Indigenous Women’s Forum and Maurice Bryan from Minority Rights Group International.

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