Press releases and news notes
School enrolment rates up but 21 million children in the Middle East & North Africa risk missing out on an education
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
Helping keep classrooms safe as schools re-open in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 14 April 2015 – As around 1.8 million children in Sierra Leone prepare to return to school this week after an eight month break due to Ebola, the Government of Sierra Leone, UNICEF and partners are working to ensure that children are safe through teacher training, hand-washing and regular temperature checks.
New competition aims to find creative solutions to education challenges in conflict zones
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 March 2015 – UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR today announced the launch of a new Amplify challenge – a call for ideas and innovations that could improve the delivery and quality of education for children and adults displaced by violent conflict.
Partnering to support children’s rights and development - LEGO Group, LEGO Foundation and UNICEF
NEW YORK, March 13, 2015 - Children’s rights and early learning are to receive a boost through two new global partnerships between the LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF, the celebration of which took place today in New York.
14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq: UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 12 March 2015 – Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today.
Amid conflict in South Sudan, 400,000 children will go back to school
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 February 2015 – Approximately 400,000 children whose schooling has been interrupted by the conflict in South Sudan will have the chance to return to their studies over the next 12 months.
Poorest students receive up to 18 times less public education resources than the wealthiest, says UNICEF
DAVOS, 22 January 2015 – In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued today by UNICEF. This difference can be as much as 18 times.
As schools reopen in Guinea, UNICEF helps efforts to reduce Ebola transmission risk
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 January 2015 – As schools reopen in Guinea, UNICEF and partners are helping reduce as much as possible the risk of Ebola transmission, training teachers to implement safety measures such as daily temperature screening, and supplying thermometers and handwashing kits for schools.
Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age, say UNESCO and UNICEF
LONDON, 19 January 2015 – Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children, released today during the Education World Forum.
FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia and UNICEF launch ‘1 in 11’ campaign
NEW YORK, 9 January 2015 – FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF today launched the ‘1 in 11’ campaign to extend educational opportunities to marginalized children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, with the goal of expanding to more countries.
New Year in Syria offers little chance of children's education as schools remain targets of conflict
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, 6 January 2015 – Continuing conflict and the recent closure of some schools in Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zour governorates and parts of rural Aleppo in Syria is believed to have disrupted education for 670,000 children of primary and lower high school age, said UNICEF today.
Conflict in Ukraine leaves almost 150 schools closed: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of children in Peshawar, Pakistan
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.
Hundreds of thousands of children in war-torn Central African Republic have chance to restart education - UNICEF
BANGUI/ DAKAR/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 5 December 2014 – Hundreds of thousands of children in conflict-hit Central African Republic – some of whom have missed up to two years of formal education – will have the chance to get back to school as a campaign gets underway. The initiative, supported by UNICEF, aims to help 662,000 children resume their studies, as schools gradually reopen in safer areas of the country.
Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 7 November 2014 – The senseless killing of two children and injury of four others in the shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday is a shocking reminder of the price being paid by children and families in the ongoing violence in Eastern Ukraine.
Increased investment in education and protection helps safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – Over the last year, an additional 770,000 children affected by the Syria crisis benefitted from some form of education and almost 660,000 children received psychological support.
Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today.
No Lost Generation Initiative: One Year On
NEW YORK, 23 September, 2014 - Press briefing following a high-level meeting on the No Lost Generation Initiative. Progress and achievements of the initiative to date and the objectives for 2014/15, plus major new donor commitments will be announced.
More than half a million Gaza students return to school after a shattering summer
GAZA, 14 September 2014 – More than half a million students are returning to school in Gaza today, with memories still fresh of 50 days of intense violence that engulfed the territory during July and August, say 11 members of the education cluster. The violence – which ended with a ceasefire on August 26 - left more than 500 children killed, 3,300 injured and many thousands more distressed by their traumatic experiences.
UNICEF provides emergency support to get Gaza’s children back in school
GENEVA/AMMAN/GAZA, 9 September 2014 - UNICEF is playing a key role in urgent preparations underway in Gaza ahead of the start of a new academic year beginning this Sunday.
No “back to school” for 30 million children affected by conflict and crisis: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 September 2014 – As students around the world return to school, a record number of conflicts and crises are depriving millions of children of their right to an education.
Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
BRUSSELS, 26 June 2014 – Recent data show that progress in making education truly universal and inclusive, and the investment required to do so, have stalled. Today’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment conference calls on the international community to commit to giving all children access to school and learning.
Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
Media advisory: UNICEF to participate in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment Pledging Conference 2015-2018, hosted by the European Union on 26 June 2014.
Over six months into academic year, most schools remain closed in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 9 May 2014 – More than half way through the 12-month school year, almost two thirds of schools in the Central African Republic remain closed, a recent survey by UNICEF and partners reveals.
Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria
NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as the conflict in Syria approaches its fourth year.
Central African Republic: UNICEF and partners set up temporary classrooms for over 20,000 displaced children in capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 4 February 2014 - More than 20,000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, will start classes in temporary learning spaces after violence forced them to flee their homes and closed down their schools.
ECHO and UNICEF join forces for crisis affected children to go back to school
BAMAKO/BRUSSELS, 15 January 2014 - The Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO) is providing EUR 3 million for children’s education in crisis affected in Mali.
Candidates sit for primary school graduation exams while sheltering at UN compounds in Juba
JUBA, 14 January 2014 – Hundreds of students in the capital of South Sudan are this week sitting their primary school graduation exam at the United Nations compounds where they have been living since violence erupted in the city almost a month ago.
Decline in education for Syrian children “worst and fastest in region’s history”
GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 December 2013 - The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today.
Governments, UNICEF call for inclusion of all children in quality learning
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 10 December 2013 — A rallying call to get millions of children who are out of school back into quality learning was launched today at the opening ceremony of the Regional Ministerial Education Conference in Istanbul.
Central African Republic: Seventy per cent of school children still not in classrooms
BANGUI, 18 October 2013 – Seven out of 10 primary school students in the Central African Republic have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012, according to a recent survey by UNICEF and partners.
Photo op with Freida Pinto, students from all over New York City to mark the International Day of the Girl Child
Several dozen New York City students and students from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Nepal will join Hollywood star Freida Pinto and UN officials to “erase” the image of girl factory workers to reveal a hidden image of students in the classroom – a symbol for how innovation and education can change children’s lives for the better by potentially erasing inequity and injustice.
Joint Message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day
Teachers hold the keys to a better future for all. They inspire, challenge and empower innovative and responsible global citizens. They get children into school, keep them there and help them learn. Every day, they help to build the inclusive knowledge societies we need for tomorrow and the century ahead. On this World Teachers’ Day, we join forces to thank teachers and to call for more, better trained and supported teachers.
28.5 million children still waiting for an education because of conflicts
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – Global leaders from governments, international organizations and civil society today warned that 28.5 million children in countries affected by conflict are still being denied access to learning – and that they must not be made to wait any longer for an education.
Education cannot wait: High-level meeting to call for global action to plan for, prioritize and protect education in crisis-affected countries
Media advisory: A high-level meeting to call for global action to get more than 28 million children affected by conflict and disaster back in school and learning.
Amidst conflict, UNICEF boosts efforts to get children in Syria back to learning
Damascus, 15 September 2013 – As the new school year starts in Syria today, many children face extraordinary challenges to continuing their education. Now in its third year, the conflict has left almost 4,000 schools – or around one in five – damaged, destroyed or sheltering internally displaced families.
Return to learning vital for children amid Syria crisis
AMMAN, 6 September 2013 - Since last school year, almost two million Syrian children have dropped out of school, nearly 40 per cent of all pupils registered in grades 1 to 9. One million Syrian children are now refugees and helping them back to school is proving challenging.
Massive campaign to get one million Somali children into school to be launched
MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, 6 September 2013 - The Somali authorities are launching a wide ranging campaign to give one million children and youth access to education as part of an ambitious Go 2 School Initiative.
UNICEF gears up to help over 500,000 Malian children return to school
BAMAKO/DAKAR, 3 September 2013 – With the new school year in Mali starting on the 1st of October, UNICEF is scaling up efforts to give a school place to half a million children whose lives were disrupted by the conflict, seasonal flooding and nutrition crisis.
UNICEF and Save the Children congratulate the National Parliament of Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 June 2013 -UNICEF and Save the Children welcome the passing of the Children’s Bill 2013 by the National Parliament of Bangladesh (Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad). The new law is based on the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) and has referred to the CRC in the preamble.
UNICEF: Good teachers are vital to reach education goals
NEW YORK, 26 April 2013 – In a week when education advocates shine a light on the importance of teachers, a UNICEF expert said today that teachers are keys to reaching education goals for all children, especially the poor and vulnerable.
UNICEF and CECC-SICA report reveals that school failure affects more than 3.5 million children and adolescents
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, April 17, 2013 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination of Central American Integration System (CECC / SICA) launched today, in a joint effort, the report Finishing school in Central America: the pending challenges.
Mexico: Government and UNICEF launch ground-breaking study addressing child poverty
Mexico City, Mexico, 3 April 2013 - In a country known for its economic growth and financial integration, inequity remains an Achilles’ heel. Mexico’s national averages hide a reality of poverty and marginalization for millions of people, including children. In this context UNICEF, together with the national social policy evaluation agency CONEVAL, launched the study Child and Adolescent Poverty and Social Rights in Mexico.
Global experts call for lifelong learning as the cornerstone of development
DAKAR, 19 March 2013 - Over 100 representatives from UN agencies, donors, academia and civil society organizations agreed today to put quality lifelong learning at the heart of the development agenda. Participants also mapped out ways to ensure all children, youth and adults - especially the most disadvantaged - are able to realize their right to learn.
Media advisory: Post-2015 Global Education Meeting in Dakar, Senegal
The global meeting will bring together 75-100 education experts, representing governments, UN, multilateral and bilateral organizations, civil society/NGOs, youth and the private sector. It will discuss achievements and challenges of both the Education For All goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 and develop recommendations to make education a priority in the post-2015 agenda.
UNICEF and UNESCO condemn bomb attack near school in Kirkuk
BAGHDAD, 13 March 2013 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemn the attack that took place on March 11 near Wlad secondary school in the town of Dibis in Kirkuk governorate, 290 kilometres north of Baghdad, Iraq.
A generation of Syrian children at risk as conflict enters third year - UNICEF
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The unrelenting violence, massive population displacement, and damage to infrastructure and essential services caused by the Syrian conflict risk leaving an entire generation of children scarred for life, according to a UNICEF report issued today.
Keep children out of harm’s way, UNICEF Executive Director urges Zimbabweans
Harare, 8 March, 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has urged Zimbabweans to protect children as the country heads towards a constitutional referendum and elections expected this year.
Syria conflict depriving hundreds of thousands of children of their education
AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 5 March 2013 – Almost two years into the Syria crisis, the escalating level of violence is threatening the education of hundreds of thousands of children, a UNICEF assessment says.
Nationwide school assessment shows great need for investment in Libyan education sector
TRIPOLI, 28 February 2013 – Some 40 percent of the schools in Libya were damaged in the 2011 revolution according to a report released by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNICEF today.
CSW Side Event: A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear: Working to End Gender-Based Violence at School
CSW Side Event: Girls Growing up Free of Violence: Promoting tolerance, equality and respect
Conflict and crisis in Mali disrupt schooling for some 700,000 children
BAMAKO, 22 February 2013 – The crisis in Mali has disrupted the education of some 700,000 Malian children, leaving 200,000 still with no access to school both in the North and South of the country, according to UNICEF and educational authorities in Mali.
Inclusive education for children with disabilities can transform lives, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 6 February 2013 – Progressive policies in inclusive education have made positive changes in the lives of children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to UNICEF today.
Iraq launches national education strategy
BAGHDAD, 9 December 2012 – The Government of Iraq has launched a new national education strategy to improve access to quality education for Iraq’s 33...
DR Congo: Over 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict this year
KINSHASA, 10 December 2012 – New clashes in the North Kivu province have more than doubled the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to...
UNICEF and UNESCO launch Post-2015 Global Consultation on Education
NEW YORK, 4 December 2012 – UNICEF and UNESCO launched today a “global online conversation” to ensure that education is effectively addressed as...
Joint Message from UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day
NEW YORK/GENEVA/PARIS, 5 October 2012 – On this World Teachers’ Day, we take a stand for teachers. Teachers are the foundation of good schools...
UN Secretary General’s New Initiative Secures over $1.5 billion for Education ahead of 2015 target
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – United Nations Secretary - General BAN Ki-moon today secured over $1.5 billion in commitments for...
UN Secretary-General to launch major new education initiative
UNICEF Ambassador in Serbia Novak Djokovic calls for investment in quality early childhood education during his visit to a kindergarten
BELGRADE, 18 September, 2012 – Novak Djokovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and the celebrated tennis champion, visited today the...
UNICEF, partners in race to assist displaced & refugee Syrian children return to learning
AMMAN, 17 September 2012 – Children across Syria are returning to school this week for the start of the new academic year, but they do so in a state of
UNICEF and UNESCO present a new report on education in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA/MONTREAL/SANTIAGO, 31 August 2012 – In Latin America and the Caribbean there are approximately 117 million boys, girls and adolescents in the...
Timor-Leste: Ban Ki-moon and Gordon Brown visit UNICEF-supported school
DILI, TIMOR-LESTE, 16 August 2012 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, and Director-General...
UNICEF urges access to early learning for the most disadvantaged children
NEW YORK, 25 April 2012 - As the world celebrates Global Action Week for Education, UNICEF calls for attention and investment to provide early learning opportunities to all children, especially the poor and marginalized.
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UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
Statement - 7 February 2012
Conflict over, 1.2 million children to return to school in Libya
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya, 6 January 2012 – More than 1.2 million children return to school in Libya on Saturday, 10 months after evacuating classrooms...
Arab youth, key drivers of Arab development and democratization
BEIRUT, 18 November 2011 – Young men and women in the Arab world have faced numerous constraints and inequities over the years, significantly...
WISE prize for education goes to Bangladeshi Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
NEW YORK, 16 November 2011 - UNICEF congratulates Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC (formerly known as Bangladesh Rural...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira meets adolescent girls in India
UDAIPUR, India, 15 November 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira met today with a group of adolescent girls from impoverished parts of the country...
High-level UNICEF participation at the Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Conference
UNICEF hails decision by Government of West Darfur to recruit 1,000 new teachers
KHARTOUM, 11 October 2011 - UNICEF warmly welcomes the decision by the State Government of West Darfur to recruit an additional 1,000 teachers...
Joint Message from UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day
NEW YORK/ GENEVA/ PARIS, 5 October 2011 - Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we honour the millions of educators all over the world who devote their...
Governments urged to build on innovations, speed up inclusive education reforms for children with disabilities
MOSCOW, 27 September 2011 – Some 1.1 million children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States are...
Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 20 September 2011 – UNICEF today announced tennis champion Serena Williams’s appointment as international Goodwill Ambassador...
UNICEF accelerates support to education as school term starts across Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, 9 September 2011 - As a new academic term began this week in countries affected by the on-going drought in the Horn of Africa, UNICEF...
Over one million go back to school in occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 4 September 2011 - Over one million Palestinian students returned to school today in occupied Palestinian territory...
Education Cluster rapid assessment warns of massive school drop out in Somalia
NAIROBI/GENEVA, 9 August 2011 – With an estimated 1.8 million children aged between 5-17 years already out of school in South and Central Somalia...
Japan grants $12 million to boost education and child survival in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 27 June 2011 – The Government of Japan today donated a grant of US$ 12 million (¥ 998,000,000) to UNICEF to...
LINK TV showcases broadcast premiere of powerful documentary on the struggle to educate girls
NEW YORK, 22 June 2011 – A powerful and moving film supported by UNICEF and the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) on the struggles girls face...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visits school in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, 21 June 2011 - Global education advocate and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visited the Max Payne “Hand in Hand” School for Bilingual...
The Japanese Government helps 8000 children in Congo fulfill their right to education through the grant of $6.6 million
BRAZZAVILLE, 20 June, 2011 – ‘More than 8000 children excluded from the formal school system will have access to basic education programs thanks to...
Côte d’Ivoire: More than 85 per cent of schoolchildren back in class in North
ABIDJAN, 12 May 2011 – Over a month after schools officially reopened in the Center, North and West regions (CNO area) of Côte d’Ivoire, a report released...
UNICEF ready to help over one million children in Côte d’Ivoire resume school
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 25 April 2011 – UNICEF is ready to assist over one million children to return to school after months of disruption to the education system, caused by the political and security crisis...
UNICEF, European Union and Government of Iraq start €17M programme to improve primary education in Iraq
BAGHDAD, 17 March 2011 - The European Union is contributing 17 million euro to improve access to quality basic education in Iraq. The EU is partnering with...
UK Government boosts funding for UNICEF to improve children's health and education
NEW YORK, 6 March 2011 – The UK Government will almost double its core funding for UNICEF, after a recent aid review found the agency highly effective in...
The Cathal Ryan Trust invests $14 million in UNICEF programmes focusing on education
NEW YORK/DUBLIN, 28 February 2011 – UNICEF announced today that The Cathal Ryan Trust will contribute $14 million to help some of the most vulnerable...
UNICEF and Save the Children thank IKEA customers for 11.4 million euro donation
NEW YORK, 24 January 2011 - The IKEA Foundation is donating 1 euro for each of the record 8.6 million soft toys and children’s books sold in over 300 IKEA stores...
Norway renews large scale support for UNICEF’s education programmes and focus on equal rights for girls
NEW YORK, 29 November 2010 - The Norwegian Government renewed its long commitment to children today, by signing a new cooperation agreement to provide...
Awaaz Do digital campaign urges Indians to speak up for the eight million children out-of-school
NEW DELHI, 19 October 2010 – The Awaaz Do on-line campaign was launched today to mobilize Indian society to speak up for the more than eight million...
World leaders and experts meet to raise the profile of education on the development agenda
NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 – A brainstorming session to examine ways to make the case for education by showing its powerful impact on...
Palestinian children deprived of basic rights to education
WEST BANK, 15 September 2010 - The Minister of Education and Higher Education, UNICEF, and the United Nations relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)...
“Welcome to school” Initiative launched in Bishkek
BISHKEK, 9 August 2010 – The Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and UNICEF launched today a “Welcome to School” Initiative to secure safe access to...
Key tools to improve education in emergencies
NEW YORK, 7 JULY 2010 – UNICEF and partners today announced minimum standards for education to help the 25 million children in countries and...
Day care center dedicated to UNICEF Education Chief killed in Pakistan bombing
GUIMARAS, PHILIPPINES, 31 May 2010 - The Perseveranda So Memorial Day Care Centre opened its doors in the island province of Guimaras on 22...
UNICEF calls for investing in education for all Angolan children
LUANDA, 19 April 2010– Angola has made strides in education in recent years with more than two million children enrolled in primary school since 2002.
Lack of funding may force UNICEF to shut down schools for over 19,000 children in IDP camps in Pakistan at the end of April
GENEVA, 16 April 2010 – A severe lack of funding for UNICEF in Pakistan may result in more than 19,000 children displaced by insecurity in north-western...
Three months after earthquake, more children have chance to return to learning in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 5 April 2010 - Less than three months after a devastating earthquake that shook the lives of many children in the Haitian capital...
UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF welcome Right to Education Act
NEW DELHI, 1 April 2010 – UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF today joined forces in applauding the ground-breaking Right to Education Act, legalising the right...
Over 100 schools now constructed by UNICEF Pakistan in response to the 2005 earthquake
ISLAMABAD, 28 October 2009 – More than 100 new schools have now been constructed and handed over to the government in Pakistan...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2009)
Statement - 16 October 2009
Her Majesty Queen Rania and Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director visit girls' school in East Harlem
NEW YORK, 21 September 2009 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today met with...
Schools for Africa campaign expands to help millions more children
NEW YORK, 15 September 2009 - Education for millions of children in Africa received a major boost today as UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation...
Zimbabwe’s children receive vital education support
HARARE, 14 September 2009 – The Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF and the international donor community today unveiled a $70 million partnership...
UNICEF and Australia team up for children with disabilities: Education is a right for all
CANBERRA, 3 September 2009 - Globally fewer than five percent of children with disabilities are attending school, and in some cases the figure is less than...
UNICEF Executive Director announces $500,000 for social protection programs in The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)
BRAZZAVILLE, The Republic of the Congo, 24 August 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, in her visit to The Republic of the Congo...
Asia and Pacific database on education launched by UNICEF and UNESCO
BANGKOK, 17 August — UNICEF and UNESCO go online today with a one-stop Education for All database for Asia and the Pacific that enables governments...
Panel discussion on education and minorities on the occasion of the launch of the Minority Rights Group's State of the World's Minorities Report 2009
New education institute inaugurated in Southern Sudan
RUMBEK, 25 June 2009 – The first education institute in Southern Sudan will be inaugurated today, marking an important step in strengthening...
World Day Against Child Labour marks the need to tackle the worst forms of exploitation
GENEVA, 12 June 2009 – On the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour, UNICEF joins its partners in calling for action to...
Kenya convenes experts and advocates on child-friendly schools
NAIROBI, KENYA, 4 May 2009 – UNICEF, government officials and partners from several African nations today kicked off a three-day meeting...
UNICEF: Education experts meet on Child-Friendly Schools
GENEVA, 28 April 2009 – Education experts from Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) are...
UNICEF and Department of Education host regional workshop on child-friendly schools in East Asia
MANILA, 24 March 2009 - UNICEF and the Department of Education (DepEd) are opening a four day on child-friendly schools (CFS) in East Asia and the Pacific.
New education strategies in North of Sudan to boost enrolment of girls and nomadic children
KHARTOUM, 24 March 2009 – The Federal Ministry of General Education is taking another step on the road towards the Millennium....
Education experts meet to discuss Child-Friendly Schools in South Asia
KATHMANDU, 18 March 2009 – Education experts from the South Asia region are meeting this week in Kathmandu to discuss and determine what...
UNICEF Executive Director in visit to Jordan on first leg of regional mission
AMMAN, 3 March 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded a 2-day visit to Jordan which focused on the country’s...
Building back better: 200th school opened in Indonesia
BANDA ACEH, 19 February 2009 – UNICEF and the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency for Aceh-Nias (BRR) today opened SDN 34, the 200th school built by UNICEF.
Zimbabwe education crisis worsens
HARARE, 10 February 2009 – As the world focuses on the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister and the commencement of a government of national unity...
UNICEF provides educational supplies and safe spaces for children in Gaza
NEW YORK, 26 January 2009 – With the return of hundreds of thousands of children to school in Gaza, UNICEF is providing essential educational...
UNICEF condemns attacks on schools in Pakistan
GENEVA, 23 January 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned about increasing number of attacks on school buildings in north-western Pakistan.
After string of school collapses in 2008, UNICEF says schools must be made safe for children
NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 – UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.
Good potential of early childhood education and care should not be compromised by poor quality services,according to a new UNICEF study
FLORENCE, 11 December 2008 – A far-reaching change is coming over childhood in the world’s richest countries, says a study released today by the UNICEF Innocenti....
A call for action on free, compulsory and quality education for all Latin American Youth
UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Visits UNICEF-Supported Aprendiz City-School in São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo, 24 October 2008– As part of an official state visit to Brazil, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan...
First Lady of Benin, supports the “2008 All Girls to School Campaign”
TOVIKLILN, 2 October 2008 – The First Lady of Benin, presided over the “All Girls to School Campaign,” ceremonies along with representatives from the education...
UNICEF Executive Director’s Togo visit focuses on education
TOGO, 2 September 2008 - Ann M. Veneman, on the first ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Togo, promoted the importance of education to advance development.
150,000 children in Niger benefit from Dubai Cares and UNICEF Education Project
DUBAI, 16 July 2008 – Dubai Cares, a charitable organization that aims to provide primary education to one million children in developing countries ...
UNICEF supports Girls' Education Day in Southern Sudan
RUMBEK, 8 July 2008 - On 7 July 2008, Southern Sudan celebrated its annual Girls’ Education Day, an opportunity to acknowledge achievements in girls’ enrollment ...
World experts on girls’ education meet in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, 11 June 2008 – Education experts representing United Nations agencies, donor countries, national governments and non-governmental...
UNICEF to focus on damaged schools in unreached areas of Myanmar
YANGON, MYANMAR, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF will work with the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in some cyclone-affected areas by 2 June.
UN Envoy hails progress of Afghan schools during Global Action Week for Education
Kabul, 23 April 2008 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan (SRSG), Kai Eide today lauded the progress made by Afghanistan’s schools during a week of international action calling for the inclusive education of all school age children around the globe.
UNICEF and partners launch Girls’ Education Initiative in Nigeria
BAUCHI /NIGERIA, 28 March 2008 - In a concerted effort to address gender disparity in girls’ education in northern Nigeria, UNICEF and partners today launched...
Evaluation “ENLACE” 2008: An effort towards quality education in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 14 APRIL 2008 - UNICEF today participated in the launch of the third round of “ENLACE” a nationwide test of education in Mexico with the participation...
On anniversary of “Go to School” campaign more than a million children benefit from education in Southern Sudan
JUBA, 1 April 2008 - As children in Southern Sudan celebrate the second anniversary of the UNICEF-supported ‘Go to School’ initiative, 1.3 million...
The Government of Japan donates US$4 million to support the rehabilitation of schools and health centres in the Republic of the Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, 24 March 2008 - The Government of Japan has announced a grant of more than US$4 million, or 1.8 billion francs CFA, via UNICEF...
UNICEF sends emergency education supplies to Zambia
LUSAKA, 19 March 2008 – As part of its emergency response to assist flood affected Zambian schools, UNICEF, has flown in 58 schools-in-a-box from its supply division in Copenhagen...
UNICEF-Dubai Cares partnership benefits schoolchildren in Djibouti
DUBAI /NEW YORK, 25 February 2008 – UNICEF and Dubai Cares announced today the launch of new education programmes in Djibouti that will help accelerate access to education...
International Mother Language Day celebrated in Latin America and Caribbean
PANAMA, 21 February 2008 - On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Nils Kastberg, the Regional Director of UNICEF in Latin America...
UNICEF and Dubai Cares join forces to help provide education for one million children
New York/Dubai, 19 February 2008 – UNICEF and Dubai Cares announced today a new partnership to boost access for children to education.
Shakira visits cyclone affected areas and UNICEF education projects in rural Bangladesh
DHAKA, December 19 2007 - Celebrated international musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visited Bangladesh between December 17 and 19 to see for herself...
UNICEF, One Laptop per Child, Google launch initiative to preserve and share stories around the world
NEW YORK, 7 December 2007 – UNICEF, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Google today announced the launch of “Our Stories”...
Back to school campaign in eastern DRC
GOMA, 30 November 2007 – A UNICEF Back to School campaign in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has provided...
Teacher resource centres launched in the Maldives
MALE, Maldives, 26 November 2007 – The Ministry of Education and UNICEF celebrated today the inauguration of 20 teacher resource centres (TRCs) across...
Improving education in Madagascar by distance education programmes
ANTANANARIVO, 28 September 2007 - The very first of a series of four distance education radio programmes, by the Ministry of Education is being aired this week.
Training reinforces positive behaviour in schools
BRIDGETOWN / BARBADOS, 25 October 2007 - Training sessions for teachers on positive behavioral management has been launched by the Ministry of...
UNICEF and Confederation of African Football promote education at African Cup of Nations
ACCRA, 19 October 2007 – UNICEF and the Confederation of African Football will use the power of football during the upcoming African Cup of Nations...
UNICEF launches podcast series on education in emergencies and post-crisis countries
NEW YORK, 22 October 2007 – UNICEF launched today the first in a series of podcast discussions on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries...
Training of teachers on how to give psychosocial support in emergencies
TEHRAN, 15 October 2007 – “Training teachers and counselors on how to provide psychosocial support to children and their families before a disaster...
Iraqi children return to school with hope and fear
AMMAN/BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 6 October 2007 - Nearly six million Iraqi children are going back to the classroom this week - a remarkable achievement...
On World Teachers’ Day, UNICEF supports teacher training in Afghanistan
KABUL, 5 October 2007 - To address the shortage of qualified teachers in Afghanistan, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education in training 80 master...
Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed of the UAE underlines every child’s right to education on first visit to Sudan
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 1 October 2007 - On her first visit to Sudan, Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates...
UNICEF Armenia calls for more investment in early childhood learning
YEREVAN, 2 October 2007 – Representatives from ministries, parliament, governors, international organizations and members of non-governmental...
UNICEF report card on education warns millions of children left behind in CEE/CIS
GENEVA, 20 September 2007 - UNICEF warned today that education systems in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States...
UNICEF welcomes Jordan's offer of education to Iraqi children
AMMAN / GENEVA, 10 August, 2007 - UNICEF welcomes the Government of Jordan's recent announcement that it will open all public schools to Iraqi children. They and their families have...
UNICEF calls for protection of schools and learning spaces in Timor Leste
DILI / TIMOR-LESTE, 10 August 2007 – UNICEF strongly condemns the destruction and vandalizing of schools, learning spaces and play areas during the ongoing unrest in certain parts of Timor-Leste.
VIVACELL donates over $100,000 in support of children with disabilities
YEREVAN, 2 July 2007 – VivaCell, Armenia’s leading mobile operator is joining UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Science to support on-going efforts to include children with disabilities into basic education.
Education under fire
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 29 JUNE 2007 – UNICEF today condemned continuing attacks on schoolchildren and educational facilities in conflict zones around the world. "Attacks on schoolchildren are unacceptable,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Schools must be safe environments for children to learn and thrive.”
Palestinian youth in northern Lebanon head back to school two weeks into refugee camp crisis
BEIRUT, 5 June 2007 – As fighting continues in Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli in north Lebanon, eight school buses are bringing some normalcy into the disrupted lives...
On Global Action Week on Education, millions of children still not in school
NEW YORK, 23 April 2007 – As the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education, UNICEF urges donors and governments to keep their promises on...
School enrolment more than doubles in Southern Sudan as new academic year opens
JUBA/SUDAN, 2 April 2007 – Some 850,000 children are enrolled in school today in Southern Sudan – a major increase from an estimated 343,000 during the war.
Uganda to expand back-to-school campaign to war-affected north
KAMPALA/UGANDA, 28 March 2007 – UNICEF, other United Nations agencies, the Ugandan government and civil society organizations launched a campaign today to...
Millions of Afghan children head back to school
NEW YORK, 21 March 2007 – More than six million children in Afghanistan are heading back to school this week, as UNICEF and partners are distributing essential school supplies and teaching materials around the country to meet their needs.
Rwanda launches campaign to keep girls in school
RUHENGERI/RWANDA, 1 March 2007 – A new campaign promoting gender parity in Rwandan schools was launched today by the First Lady of Rwanda and the Rwandan...
New classroom supplies give welcome boost to Iraq’s schoolchildren
AMMAN, 14 February 2007 – Millions of school bags, books, pencils and other essential learning materials are now being delivered to Iraq’s primary schoolchildren...
Partners meet to discuss education and national reconstruction in Liberia
NEW YORK, 12 February 2007 – Representatives from major bilateral foundations, civil society groups and other education partners will meet in New York this week to...
UNICEF: Interviews available on occasion of Liberia Partners’ Forum
12 February 2007 - Media Advisory
MENA Masters on Child Rights reaches a successful conclusion
AMMAN, 19 December 2006 – A contingent of seventeen students from different backgrounds last week completed the third and final session of a UNICEF-supported Executive Masters Degree in Child Rights in the region...
IKEA, Save the Children and UNICEF joint campaign: ‘A smile is worth so much’
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children will join forces for children worldwide again this year, following a successful 2005 effort that raised over €2 million euro for life-saving programs through its “€1 is a fortune. . . A child’s smile is worth so much” campaign.
Zimbabwe’s ground-breaking plan for girls and orphans and vulnerable children’s education
HARARE, 18 October 2006 – The United Nations in collaboration with Government and civil society will launch the ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school.
Zimbabwe launches ground-breaking national girls education strategic plan
HARARE, 18 October 2006 – The United Nations in collaboration with the government and civil society launched a ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school.
Lebanon takes a vital step in post-conflict recovery as students return to school
ANSARIEH/GENEVA, 17 October 2006 – Lebanon’s children are returning to public school one month late following a conflict that destroyed schools and disrupted the education, and lives of hundreds of thousands of students.
National Back-to-School campaign launch
13 October 2006 - Media advisory
School kits operation has started in Djibouti for the third consecutive edition
DJIBOUTI, 21 September 2006 – UNICEF, USAID and the Ministry of Education jointly launched the third consecutive school kits distribution in Djibouti City.
UNICEF opens standard-setting schools in Indonesia’s Aceh
BANDA ACEH, 18 September 2006 - The first of 367 permanent schools for Aceh and Nias were officially opened on Monday with support from UNICEF.
Orange, France Telecom and UNICEF unite for girls education in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 September 2006 - Orange Madagascar, France Telecom and UNICEF Madagascar signed a US$ 20,000, two-year partnership this morning to promote the education of girls in Madagascar.
Back-to-school campaign in Timor-Leste ready for roll out
DILI, 1 September 2006 – Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Education and Culture and UNICEF will launch a nationwide ‘Back to School’ campaign on Monday 4 September to encourage over 200,000 children to resume formal education at the start of a new school year.
Private Sector comes forward to support girls’ education
YEMEN, 30 August 2006 - Yemen’s national efforts for acceleration of girls education and reduction of the gender gap are getting a major boost with the launch of Business Partnership for Girls Education here on Saturday that marks the beginning of a novel tripartite coalition between government, private sector and UNICEF.
Zahira Primary (Hambantota) Builds Back Better
COLOMBO, 30 August 2006 - More than 500 children, teachers and parents of Zahira Primary School, in Hambantota district, will today be the proud recipients of new primary school buildings.
UNICEF backs government efforts to ensure Lebanese children return to school on time
BEIRUT, 23 August 2006 - International donors have been urged to support the Lebanese government’s efforts to ensure that the destruction and upheaval caused by the recent conflict does not prevent children returning to class for the new academic year.
UNICEF alarmed as attacks on Afghan schools rise
KABUL/GENEVA, 4 August 2006 – UNICEF warned today that schools in Afghanistan are the targets of increasingly dramatic attacks, noting that reported incidents have spread from the south and southeastern region to all of the provinces and include one missle attack, 11 explosions, 50 school burnings and 37 threats against schools and communities.
UNICEF and Ministry of Education provide 10,000 school benches to Liberian schools
MONROVIA, 17 July 2006 – In partnership with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF is constructing 10,000 three-seat benches for distribution to 100 government schools in five counties. A combined total of 30,000 students in Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba Counties will benefit from this donation.
UNICEF announces $150 million earthquake recovery plan
ISLAMABAD, 11 JULY 2006 – UNICEF will construct 500 permanent schools and around 70 permanent rural health centres in areas devastated by Pakistan’s October 2005 earthquake, as part of its 150 million dollar contribution to the recovery plan for affected areas.
The 2006 ‘All girls to school’ campaign launched in Benin
COTONOU, 15 June, 2006 – Two Ministers, Agnes Van Ardenne, the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, and Colette Houeto, Beninese Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, got on the back of a ‘zemidjan’, sporting the yellow shirt of the notorious taxi-motorcycles of Cotonou, blazoned with the logo of the campaign ‘Toutes les filles à l’école’, or ‘All girls to school’.
5th Regional Education Forum opens in Ashgabat
ASHGABAT, 13 June 2006 – Education deputy ministers of the five Central Asian republics and representatives of international organisations including UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank and USAID were among the one hundred participants who attended the opening ceremony of the Regional Education Forum (CARK) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
UNICEF responds with aid for families still displaced in Timor-Leste
DILI, 9 June, 2006 - Around 66,000 people are housed in more than 35 camps in Dili, and the number of camps and internally displaced people changes daily as the crisis in the capital stretches into its third month. The internally displaced population currently represents about 40 per cent of Dili’s population of 170,000.
UNOPS and UNICEF rebuild schools in four counties
MONROVIA, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
UNOPS & UNICEF rebuild schools in four counties
MONROVIA, Liberia, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, UNOPS, the United Nations Office for Project Services, have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
Arab media enthusiasm to promote girls' education enjoys renewed momentum
DUBAI, May 4, 2006 – Media representatives and experts at the Second Arab Regional Media Forum today concluded an extensive review of the situation surrounding Arab girls' access to education and remaining challenges in several countries to ensure sustained enrolment and retention in school.
Second Arab Regional Media Forum on child rights kicks off in Dubai
DUBAI, May 2, 2006 – Arab media professionals, human rights organizations, academia and UN agencies today initiated an in-depth dialogue on the issue of girls' education in the Arab world, with expectations to leverage enhanced commitment from governments, civil society and communities to support girls’ sustained access to quality education.
‘Education for All’ week in Yemen brings teachers on board
SANA’A, 25 April 2006 – During ‘Education for All’ week, Yemen is stepping up efforts to overcome barriers to universal primary education. This year’s theme ‘Every Child Needs a Teacher’ strikes a major chord in Yemen, where the number of teachers lags far behind the actual requirements. Meeting the looming teacher shortage is one of the greatest barriers to education in Yemen, where the number of female teachers is especially short, particularly in rural areas.
Liberia to Launch Girls’ Education National Policy
MONROVIA, 17 April 2006 – The Government of Liberia will launch its National Girls’ Education Policy tomorrow. The policy calls for a collective effort to reach Millennium Development Goal 2: universal primary education for every Liberian child.
Agree on one thing next week, urges UNICEF. Agree on children.
KATHMANDU, 12 April 2006: UNICEF has urged all parties to the conflict to agree on one thing next week: children. “Two things happen next week that are of vital importance to the children of Nepal,” UNICEF’s Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai, said today.
UN Condemns Attack on a School in Kunar Province
KABUL, 11 April 2006 - I am shocked and saddened to have learned that an attack on a school in Kunar province this morning has resulted in the death of six children and wounded fourteen other people.
Southern Sudan “goes to school”
JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, 1 April 2006 – Hundreds of thousands of children will go to school for the first time in Southern Sudan this year. A massive “Go To School” campaign aims to more than double the number of children in primary school during the course of the school year, which starts on Monday.
UNICEF Applauds School Exams; Opening of Schools in Northern Zone of Côte d'Ivoire
Abidjan/Dakar/Geneva – 28 February 2006 – After more than 2 school years in which primary and high school students in the Northern Zone of Côte d'Ivoire have not been able to be complete their schooling with official exams at 3 key academic levels – certificate of primary school, certificate of the first cycle of the high school and the final certificate of high school (the so called baccalaureat) - the Government of Côte d'Ivoire has decided to organize these 3 exams in the Northern Zone. This will allow more than 80,000 students to write their exams and continue with their education.
Second year of ‘One Schoolbag For Every Primary School Student’ in Djibouti sees dramatic increase in school enrollment figures
Djibouti, 25 October 2005 - For the second consecutive year, 49,000 school children in Djibouti received school kits aimed at ensuring every child has the quality school materials they need.
Stalled peace negotiations in Sri Lanka harm children
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 9 September 2004 – A report released today by UNICEF says that the stalled peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a major impediment to assisting children affected by the country’s two-decade long war.
Against odds, Zimbabweans keep their children in school
HARARE 23 August – Against great odds, Zimbabwean parents and caregivers are keeping their children in school, and in some cases increasing national enrolment, UNICEF said today. At the same time, the UN Children’s Fund called on international support for Zimbabweans to ensure this positive culture does not disappear in the face of harsh economic realities.
Efforts to end child labour must focus on education
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 10 June 2005 – Ensuring access to quality basic education is critical for removing children from hazardous labour, UNICEF said today.
Central Asian Countries Agree to Improve Quality and Access to Education by 2015
Dushanbe, 9 June, 2005 – Concluding a 3-day meeting in Warzob, delegates from five Central Asian countries committed to speeding up the common education reform process in each country in the face of limited resources for investment in the education sector.
UNICEF supplies 200 new temporary school buildings to Aceh
BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA, 26 May 2005 - UNICEF is building two hundred temporary primary schools in the areas of Aceh worst affected by the tsunami. The buildings would cost $US 2.3 million, or about $11,500 each and were designed to be used while permanent classrooms were being constructed.
UNICEF to support US $90 million in rebuilding tsunami affected schools
JAKARTA, May 4, 2005 - UNICEF will support the Indonesian Government through Ministry of National Education by allocating US $90 million to rebuild 300 destroyed primary schools and repair another 200 damaged schools in the tsunami devastated province of Aceh as well as Nias island in North Sumatra province.
UNICEF condemns bombings of schools in Nepal
KATHMANDU, 19 April 2005 - UNICEF has condemned the recent bombings of private schools in Nepal. The bombings follow a call by the student wing of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) for all private schools to close indefinitely from April 15, the start of the new school year.
Despite gains in girls' education worldwide, far too many still missing out
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 April 2005 – More children than ever are going to school, in part because more girls are going to school: That’s the good news from UNICEF’s latest Progress for Children report, focusing on gender parity in primary school attendance.
Norway provides major boost to education in Madagascar
Antananarivo, Madagascar, 15 April 2005 - At a signing ceremony yesterday in the presence of the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, the Government of Norway donated US$ 6 million to UNICEF to improve the quality of primary schooling in this country.
UNICEF lauds Somali leader’s pledge to pay primary school teachers
BOSSASO, Northeast Somalia, 6 April 2005 - UNICEF has praised a pledge by the President of Puntland (Northeast Somalia) Mohamud Muse Hirsi “Adde” to inaugurate salary payments for primary school teachers.
UNICEF appeals for fear to be banished from Nepal’s classrooms
NEW YORK, KATHMANDU, GENEVA, 1 April, 2005 – The start of the new school year in Nepal should be a time for all parties involved in the conflict to ensure that violence and fear stay out of the classroom, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia has urged.
Afghan new year heralds return to school for millions
KABUL, 17 March 2005 – As Afghanistan prepares for its New Year celebrations this weekend, millions of children will also be readying themselves for the start of another academic year, scheduled to begin on 22 March.
Gaza students receive boost to support their commitment to education
GAZA CITY, 08 February 2005 -- About 10,000 children in impoverished areas in the Gaza Strip today received a boost in the form of educational supplies to support their commitment to education.
EC and UNICEF join hands to support education in Somalia
NAIROBI, 31 January 2005 – Education prospects for Somali children are to benefit from a European Commission grant of 4.5 million euros, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch, said today following the signing of an agreement between the two bodies.
UNICEF preparing for surge in enrolment in southern Sudan
KHARTOUM / RUMBEK, 27 January 2005 – Building on the groundswell of hope that is being felt throughout Sudan, Africa’s largest country, UNICEF is stockpiling tents and classroom materials, training teachers, building schools and assisting education officials to enroll thousands more children in the first academic year of the post-war period.
Back to school in the Maldives
MALE, MALDIVES, 25 January 2005 - Only two weeks after the normal start date for the academic year all schoolchildren are today back in school in the Maldives Islands.
UNICEF applauds UK pledge of £1.4 billion to educate girls in developing countries
LONDON, 26 January 2005 - UNICEF today thanked the United Kingdom for its visionary commitment to the education of girls in developing countries with its strategy to advance the work that one day will give all children a basic education.
Lack of safe water and sanitation in schools jeopardizes quality education
OXFORD, 24 January 2005 – As the drive continues to bring safe water and sanitation to schoolchildren in the tsunami zone, UNICEF warned that over half of all schools worldwide lack these basic facilities, jeopardizing the health and education of millions of schoolchildren.
Hundreds of schools destroyed by tsunami
NEW YORK, 14 January 2005 – Children in some of the areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami began returning to school this week even though the disaster destroyed or damaged over one thousand schools and killed thousands of teachers.
Students from Madagascar mobilize funds for tsunami survivors
ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, January 6, 2005 - Some thirty students from a local school in the nation’s capital cramped into the UNICEF Representative’s Office in Antananarivo today to present funds they had donated and collected from other students to help child survivors of the Asian Tsunami Disaster.
Hundred of schools damaged in the Maldives
MALE, MALDIVES, 31 December 2004 - Hundreds of schools in the Maldives are now known to have been damaged by the Asian tsunami that struck the archipelago.
For Afghan children, learning continues throughout winter vacation
KABUL, 23 December 2004 – While Afghanistan’s formal schools are mostly closed for the winter, and most children in the industrialized world are also enjoying a vacation, nearly 50,000 students in six provinces of Afghanistan are continuing to benefit from education, through a community-based initiative led by the Afghan Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF.
Healing Beslan's wounds
GENEVA, 16 November, 2004. UNICEF has announced plans for a new programme to promote peace and tolerance across the troubled North Caucasus.
Unity in Belize: parties endorse plan for kids
BELIZE CITY, 7 September 2004 - The Prime Minister Hon. Said Musa and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dean Barrow endorsed a National Plan of Action for Children and Adolescents, 2004-2015 (NPA) during a brief ceremony at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City at 8:00am today.
More than one million Palestinian children return to school
JERUSALEM, 6 September 2004 - Some 1.2 million children returned to school last week in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after a summer break.
Sir Roger Moore in Mexico City to support UNICEF's work for education of all children
MEXICO CITY, 28 January 2004 – British Airways Chairman Lord Marshall was joined by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore in Mexico City today for the announcement of a pledge of £150,000 to support UNICEF’s work for the education for all children in the city. Raised through the successful Change for Good partnership between British Airways and UNICEF, this donation brings the total amount Change for Good has contributed to UNICEF´s work for children in Mexico City to £1 million since 1994.
The promise of Liberia's back-to-school effort
MONROVIA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 September 2003 - UNICEF today urged the war-weary people of Liberia to fully support the campaign to return Liberian children to school.
UNICEF issues global challenge to world leaders
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 August 2002 - UNICEF today issued a bold challenge to world leaders attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Noting that access to clean water can save the lives of millions of children, UNICEF's Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, called on leaders to ensure that every school, in every corner of the world, be equipped with clean water and separate sanitary facilities for boys and girls over the course of the next decade.
In Afghanistan, children back to school in droves, survey shows
Thursday, 11 July 2002 -- Ongoing results received from the nationwide assessment of learning spaces, being jointly conducted by the Afghanistan Ministry of Education and UNICEF, is indicating that there has been a massive return of children - both boys and girls - to schools around the country.
First supplies distributed to Kabul schools
Kabul, 12 March 2002: The first student and classroom materials for Kabul schoolchildren began to roll out of the capital's distribution centre Monday, as the nationwide "Back to School" campaign moved up a gear this week. The campaign, which is led by the Afghan Interim Administration and supported by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, aims to equip up more than 1.5 million primary school age children in over 4,000 schools and other learning environments by the start of the new school year on 23 March.
UNICEF celebrates Afghanistan's 'million girl mark'
KABUL/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 October 2003 - UNICEF said today the entrance of more than 1 million girls into the Afghan school system since the fall of the Taliban is “a testament to the courage and wisdom of the Afghan people, and the generosity of the international community.”
Burundi's children back to school after years of conflict
BUJUMBURA, 14 October, 2004- A “Back to school” campaign was launched today by the Government of Burundi supported by UNICEF in collaboration with other UN agencies. The objective is to boost the primary school enrolment in Burundi where the net school enrolment rate only reaches 56 per cent. The campaign is targeting approximately 440,000 children through the distribution of 350 metric tonns basic school materials.
Half a million kids go back to school in Afghanistan
KABUL, 9 September 2004 – As millions of schoolchildren across the world return to the classroom this week, an anticipated half a million boys and girls from the southern and eastern provinces of Afghanistan will also be going back to study, as the second annual phase of the country’s Back to School campaign begins.
UNICEF and Stora Enso in partnership to promote basic education for all
LONDON, 6 April 2004 – UNICEF and Stora Enso, the global forest products company, today entered into a five-year agreement to help UNICEF achieve quality basic education for children everywhere. With annual cash contributions and voluntary initiatives, Stora Enso intends to contribute USD 2.5 million during the five-year period.
UNICEF concerned over school crisis in Moldova
Chisinau, July 28, 2004 - UNICEF Moldova expresses its serious concern over the actions taken against the schools in Tiraspol, Bender and Ribnita, which use Latin script and the attempts to close these schools by force.
Thousands of Palestinian children denied access to schools
JERUSALEM, 2 October 2002 - A month into the Palestinian school year, the UNICEF Special Representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Pierre Poupard, today expressed serious concern over the number of Palestinian children being prevented from attending school by Israel-imposed restrictions.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to visit Kenya and Senegal
MEDIA ADVISORY, 12 February 2004 - In Kenya, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte will assess progress in education one year after the Kenya government eliminated primary school fees. He will visit a Nairobi primary school and meet with government and business leaders to discuss the achievements since school fees were abolished and highlight the challenges that remain, particularly the schooling and care of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the need to get more girls enrolled in school. On Friday, February 20, Harry will travel to Senegal for a one-week visit during which he will attend a regional conference on birth registration and stress the importance of this issue for protecting the rights of children.
UNICEF Executive Director praises Ecuador for increased investment in children
QUITO, ECUADOR, 5 August 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today applauded the commitment of Ecuador’s government to improving children’s lives through increased social spending, but said that more investment is necessary to reach all children with basic services.
In devastated Bam, children head back to school
BAM, 19 January 2004 – Less than one month after the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of the southern Iranian city of Bam, the first children will return to a Ministry of Education school today. The first of 26 temporary schools is scheduled to open in the city’s Zone 10, catering for up to 50 primary school children in an inflatable tent provided by UNICEF. The tent was erected late yesterday evening by UNICEF and Department of Education staff assisted by a group of willing students, eager to return to learning. More tents will be provided to this location Monday to help increase capacity for both primary and secondary school children in the coming days.
Massive teacher training to send 1 million Angolan children back to school
LUANDA/GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 24 OCTOBER 2003 – Angola will take one of its strongest peacetime strides next week when the first stage of the country’s massive teacher training is launched.
After war, it’s Back-to-School for Liberian children
GENEVA/NEW YORK/MONROVIA, 3 November 2003 - UNICEF today said that it expects hundreds of thousands of children to return to studies during Liberia’s Back-to-School campaign – thousands of them for the first time in their lives.
More than one million children get “school kits” in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, 7 September 2004 – Amidst much fan fare, smiles and camera flashes, first-time school goers in the nation’s capital received their own "school kit" at a ceremony attended by numerous officials from the Ministry of Education as well as UNICEF’s Chief of Education.
UNICEF assists schools affected by recent violence in Thailand
BANGKOK, May 3 – UNICEF is sending school supplies to the three southern provinces in Thailand affected by the recent violence. since January 2004, an estimated 30 schools have been destroyed in southern Thailand, affecting some 5,000 students. Teachers have been intimidated and there is a fear that some schools may not reopen after the current holiday due to security considerations, according to UNICEF.
New year of 'Back to School' for millions of Afghan children
KABUL, 18 March 2004 – Immediately following the country’s New Year festivities this weekend, up to 5.5 million school children are expected to return to their classrooms in Afghanistan, as the nation prepares for Back to School celebrations on Sunday 21 March.
UNICEF provides out of school youth with new hope
ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, 12 August 2004 - At a “graduation” ceremony for 258 out-of-school youth, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education praised the joint initiative that has helped over 400 young people, over the course of the past year; attain both basic education and vocational skills.
Schools open again, but where are the children?
NEW YORK, 16 September 2003 – Over the last two weeks schools around the world have opened their doors for the start of the new school year, but UNICEF said today that recent household surveys show that some 123 million children are currently being left out – perhaps never to see the inside of a classroom.
One million go back to school in Occupied Palestinian Territory
Jerusalem, 01 September 2003 - About one million students returned to school today in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after a summer break during a “Back to School” campaign supported by UNICEF.
Afghanistan's schools triumphantly open; UNICEF calls it 'reminder to all of us'
KABUL / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 23 March 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund today lauded the Afghan Interim Administration for its "relentless commitment to education," as 3,000 schools across Afghanistan threw open their doors to more than 1.5 million girls and boys, many of whom were entering a formal classroom for the first time in six years.
One month after hurricane, Grenadian children back in school
ST.GEORGE'S PARISH, GRENADA/NEW YORK/ BRIDGETOWN BARBADOS, 22 October 2004 – UNICEF today applauded the government of Grenada as thousands of children began returning to school just one month after Hurricane Ivan battered the island nation.
UNICEF lauds Iraqi "commonsense" push to return to school
Friday, 25 April 2003 -Iraqi children must be allowed to resume their schooling without delay, the Executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, said today. The UNICEF chief praised what she called "the innate wisdom" of Iraqi parents and educators who are pushing for the prompt resumption of classes throughout Iraq. They must be "supported, encouraged, lauded, and imitated" for the speed with which children have already begun to return to school throughout the country. (Press release)
Afghan school supply operation moves into top gear
KABUL, 9 March 2003 - With just two weeks to go before schools in Afghanistan throw open their doors for another full year of education, the Afghan Ministry of Education - supported by UNICEF - is redoubling efforts to ensure that stationery and teaching supplies reach children and teachers in time for the first day of school. (News Note)
Huge inequality in educational achievement in every rich nation
Florence, 26 November - A new report from UNICEF provides the first "big picture" comparison of the performance of schools in the world's rich industrialized nations.
FIFA 2003 Women's World Cup to champion girls' education
NEW YORK, 19 September 2003 - UNICEF today hailed the start of the FIFA 2003 Women's World Cup, this year dedicated to Go Girls! Education for Every Child, UNICEF's campaign to rally support and resources to get more girls into school.
Two years of progress for Afghan women and children
KABUL, 20 November 2003, – Two years since the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, UNICEF this week highlights some of the progress that has been made for the country’s women and children since the start of the reconstruction process.
Back to school program underway in Liberia to reach 750,000 children
MONROVIA, 23 October 2003 – Distribution of the first batch of 4,662 School-in-the-box kits is set to begin today for 372,960 Liberian children, initially among six counties: Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Margibi. The Back to School supplies, valued at US$1.3M, are being transported from the Free Port of Monrovia to Careysburg and Todee children.
UNICEF urges citizen watchdog for Haitian aid
Washington/Geneva/New York, 16 July 2004 – UNICEF said today that a citizen watchdog is the best way to support accountable reconstruction in Haiti.
Angola's biggest-ever education campaign introduces 250,000 children back to school
LUANDA, 6 February 2003 - On Monday 10 February, the biggest education campaign in Angola's history takes its most important step when almost 250,000 Angolan children return to school. The size and scope of 'Back to School' underlines the fact that education is being unswervingly endorsed as the engine to drive Angola's long-term recovery. (News Note)
Helping Iraq's children get back to school
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 7 September 2004 - The near US$2 million raised so far as a result of the Back to School telethon, (Dubai TV, September 3) will provide timely and essential support to help rebuild Iraq’s devastated schools.
UNICEF launches teacher training program in Bam
BAM, 3 March 2004 - In a joint effort with the Iranian Ministries of Health and Education, UNICEF today launched a Plan of Action consisting of a comprehensive school reinsertion strategy including a teacher training programme aimed at building capacity for a total 1,500 teachers in the earthquake-stricken city of Bam, southeast Iran.
Is the world walking away from universal education?
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 6 November 2003 – Reacting to a global monitoring report that shows most countries are not on track to meet a 2005 goal for gender parity in education, UNICEF said today that it was not too late for governments to launch “credible efforts” to get more girls into school.
UNICEF starts distribution of 40,000 school bags in Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY, October 19, 2004 - UNICEF today began distribution of more than 40,000 school bags to children in the Gaza Strip, starting with schools damaged by the recent military incursions into the North.
Japan gives major boost to education in Afghanistan
TOKYO / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 26 July - The Japanese Government has donated $10.8 million for education programmes for displaced children returning to their villages and refugee children returning to Afghanistan, UNICEF announced today, saying the funds were urgently needed to keep up with the large numbers of children seeking to resume learning.
Next priority for children of Beslan: restore their faith in schooling
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 16 September, 2004 – “The next priority for the children of Beslan must be to restore their faith in schooling” says Carel de Rooy, UNICEF Representative in the Russian Federation.
School exams: A real test for security in Iraq
17 June 2003 - In Iraq, getting all children back to school continues to be the goal that UNICEF and its partners strive for. However, UNICEF is deeply concerned by the lack of security prevailing in most parts of the country. (News note)
Successful partnerships drive development in Angola
LUANDA-GENEVA 23 June 2003 – Just 15 months after a cease-fire ended three decades of devastating civil war, Angola has taken two significant steps on its long road to recovery. Campaigns in health and education, backed by UNICEF and supported by all levels of Government, are proving vital in restarting the development of social services in Angola. (Press Release)
Tunisia helps restore normalcy among Palestinian school children
TUNIS/RAMALLAH, 3 November 2004 – A Tunisian non-governmental organization ‘Children First’ is giving US 65,000 to UNICEF in support of emergency education activities for Palestinian children in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT).
Executive Director of UNICEF says girls in South Asia “cannot afford to wait”
Wednesday, 21 May 2003– UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today arrived in Pakistan, carrying a strong message that until girls’ education becomes an urgent priority in South Asia, the region’s economic and social development will be hindered.Bellamy is in Pakistan for a three-day visit to concentrate attention on education in the region, as part of a global campaign to scale up efforts to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals. (Press release)