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|A girl sits writing at a desk in a classroom inside a tent school for ethnic Serb and ethnic Roma children, located on the grounds of an Orthodox church in the town of Gjilan/Gnjilane, south-east of Prishtina/Pristina, the provincial capital of Kosovo|
This year’s campaign focuses on Education as a Human Right – a right denied to millions worldwide.
In the 2001-2002 school year, some 115 million children of primary-school age were not in school – two thirds of them girls. According to current estimates, 77 million eligible children are not enrolled in school and many of those enrolled do not attend.
Many barriers stand in the way of children’s schooling, from unaffordable fees and lack of basic facilities, to discrimination and low quality education. These are often compounded by negative cultural practices and the threats of natural disasters and civil conflicts.
To address some of these constraints, UNICEF works with its partners to help children start school at the right age, reduce gender-based and other disparities, improve educational quality and ensure that education is restored in emergency and post-conflict situations.
UNICEF also supports national policies that promote free and compulsory quality education in child-friendly schools that provide safe, healthy and gender-sensitive learning environments including health and nutrition services, and safe water and sanitation.
For further information, please contact:
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF Media NY, +212-326-7162, email@example.com
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14 February 2007 - New classroom supplies give welcome boost to Iraq’s schoolchildren
12 February 2007 - Partners meet to discuss education and national reconstruction in Liberia
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