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Education

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Hurricane Maria aftermath: Children's education on hold in Dominica
DOMINICA, 13 October, 2017 – Deltin Eugene, 16, stares at the chalkboard at the front of what used to be his classroom at the Goodwill Secondary School. The only words written there are “Friday 15 September 2017”. It was the last day he and more than 18,000 other students in Dominica went to school.

New school, new future in South Sudan
RUMBEK, South Sudan, 3 October 2017 – David Sawat Manyang sits at his desk in his new classroom, looking intently at his notebook as his forehead crinkles into a frown. He’s in his mathematics class – his favourite subject – and he wants to do well.

Communities make children’s early learning possible in Timor-Leste
VIQUEQUE, Timor-Leste, 25 September 2017 – “Ida, rua, tolu, hat, lima, nen, hitu, walu. Se mak badinas ba eskola buka matenek to’o hetan. Haksolok ba, haksolok ba, hader dader saan ba eskola” (One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. We love to go to school to get knowledge. Be happy, be happy. Wake up in the morning to go to school).

Nepalese communities confront flood aftermath
Rautahat, Nepal, 6 September 2017 – When Ram Patiya Mahato, 32, went to bed on Friday 11 August, she expected to go the next day to a medical facility to give birth to her fourth child. Instead, she woke to see her home flooded.

Africa's first humanitarian drone corridor launched in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 23 August 2017 – As the drone buzzed over Thipa village in rural Malawi, young and old people alike applauded in amazement. The community demonstration came as the Government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the use of drones for humanitarian purposes – the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use.

Back to school: Afghan teenager in Serbia aims to fulfil her dreams
BELGRADE, Serbia, 15 August 2017 – “I sleep, you sleep, he sleeps... We sleep, you sleep, they sleep.” Shabnam, 13, slowly conjugates the verb in a language that until recently had been completely foreign and incomprehensible to her.

Palestinian children with disabilities are determined to learn
HEBRON, State of Palestine, 2 June 2017 – For 12-year-old Wi’am, attending the Blind Charitable Society School is a blessing.

Using data to improve education in Angola
CACULA/QUIPUNGO, Angola, 31 May 2017 – At Primary School n.231 in the municipality of Cacula, Huíla province, a young technician named Ernesto interviews the school principal by asking a series of basic questions. He inputs the answers into a tablet at an astonishing rate.

One year on: a community in Darfur built from the ashes
SORTONY, Sudan, 25 May 2017 – “The site at Sortony is a cramped shantytown in the making. UNICEF, as part of the first multi-agency humanitarian team to come to assess the situation, is navigating a maze of families, of children scraping for food, of donkeys, and, in the absence of any facilities, of open defecation fields.

In Yemen, a young girl overcomes adversity to excel in school
ADEN, Yemen, 1 May 2017 – Thirteen-year-old Hosson is a ninth grade pupil at 26 September School in Malla district, Aden. She is one of the top performing students in her class, and loves to teach younger children maths. But despite her academic success, she is regularly bullied by her classmates. They call her “Al-Barsah”, which means “leper”.

In Romania, a teacher’s care helps shape her students’ future
BUHUȘI, Romania, 26 April 2017 – At the Orbic school in the Romanian town of Buhuși, many of the students come from disadvantaged homes where they don't receive educational support. One teacher is helping give these children the care and attention they need to succeed in school and in life.

In Cuba, getting children back into classrooms after Hurricane Matthew
GUANTANAMO, Cuba, 20 April 2017 – Cuba is under the permanent threat of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and drought, and is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The country’s policies prioritize disaster risk reduction and environmental education, with particular emphasis on creating a culture of prevention among its youngest citizens.

Sirens and bomb shelters: Going to school in eastern Ukraine
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine, 16 March 2017 – The bell rings and the whole class visibly tenses. A moment passes and everyone relaxes, the bell is just marking the end of a lesson. Three rings would have meant time to take cover.

Basement schools provide safety and vital continuity for Syrian children under siege
EAST GHOUTA, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 March 2017 – For some, the prospect of spending time underground in a dark, airless basement sounds dismal. But for children living under siege in the Syrian Arab Republic, basements offer shelter from the cold, a place to sleep, and a safe haven from violence.

Two Syrian sisters back in school after losing three years of education
HASAKAH, Syrian Arab Republic, 8 February 2017 – For many Syrian children, school is little more than a distant memory. Others have never seen the inside of a classroom. But in small pockets all over the country, children and their families are doing whatever they can to reclaim an education that is rightfully theirs.

School helps children in eastern Ukraine cope with stress of armed conflict
TORESTSK, Ukraine, 25 January 2017 – Toretsk secondary school is located in the village of Druzhba less than 10 km away from the military positions in eastern Ukraine. About 130 children study there. Around three years ago that number was more than 200, but many families fled due to the armed conflict.

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon at risk of child labour, missing out on education
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 30 January 2017 – Most people can’t imagine life without education. Dyana can’t imagine a life with education. She has to dream of a classroom because she’s never seen one.

Pursuing education in the face of the Syrian conflict: Manar’s story
HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 20 January, 2017 – When Manar and her family left their house in the old city of Homs back in 2011, she left behind much more than her belongings. As violence escalated in her neighbourhood, Manar, 12 years old at the time, had to leave her friends, her school and her sense of security.

Syrian children forced to quit school, marry early to survive
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 23 January 2017 – Four years ago, when they were both 10 years old, Jomaa and Hadya were great friends who enjoyed a happy childhood. They used to play football after school and do homework together.

Hurricane Matthew three months on: Life for Haiti's children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 January 2017 – Around three months ago hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, disrupting the lives of over two million people. In addition to the personal losses of homes and crops, more than 716 schools, numerous health facilities, and the existing sanitation infrastructure all suffered damage. Today, 1.4 million people in Haiti, including 600,000 children, require humanitarian assistance.

After years of conflict, schools reopen and hope returns to Fallujah
FALLUJAH, Iraq, 27 December 2016 – The walls of Fallujah are scarred with bullet holes. Six months ago, 85,000 people fled the city as bombs fell on their houses in the fight to retake the city. Many others had escaped earlier.

From shoemaker to student: Aleppo teenager goes back to school
TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 19 December 2016 – When a UNICEF team first met 14-year-old Wahid a few months ago, he was fetching water for his family in ‘1070’, a complex of unfinished apartment buildings in a neighbourhood of western Aleppo.

Children design the school of their dreams in the Gaza Strip
GAZA, State of Palestine, 14 December 2016 – Two years ago, 50 days of armed conflict took an unprecedented toll on Gaza’s children and schools, with 258 of the latter incurring minor, partial, or severe damage. The destruction of schools had devastating consequences for the education system.

For one child education is solution to Yemen violence
SA’ADA, Yemen, 5 January 2017 - Before the conflict in Yemen escalated, 10-year-old Fahd lived peacefully with his family in the northern city of Sa’ada. His routine was to wake up every morning, go to school, play with friends in the evenings and go back home for dinner and do his school homework.

Modu’s big dreams: Back to school in north-east Nigeria
MONGUNO, Nigeria, 17 November 2016 – Modu Umar is 13 years old and when he grows up he wants to be a doctor. Or maybe a policeman. Or possibly a lawyer. He hasn't quite made up his mind yet, but it's clear this little boy from Monguno in north-east Nigeria has big dreams. And he knows he'll have to work hard to achieve them.


 

 

 

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