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Educating Children One Radio Wave at a Time

Inter Press Service 19 July 2017

Nigeria’s conflict has displaced more than a million children, leaving them without access to education. However, an innovative radio program aims to transform this bleak scenario.

Concerned by the ongoing insecurity and its impacts, the UN’s children agency (UNICEF) created a radio program to help educate displaced children in the Lake Chad region.

“Boko Haram has disrupted the lives of 1.3 million children with a radical insurgency that has burned villages, displaced people, and created a culture of fear,” said UNICEF’s Crisis Communications Specialist Patrick Rose.

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Lack of Funding Prevents Education for Children in Conflict and Disaster Zones

edtechtimes 19 July 2017

According to the United Nations News Centre, approximately 9.2 million children in conflict and disaster zones will miss out on getting an education “unless the international community” provides an additional $820 million.

This concept with figures arose during the start of the G20 summit, by UNICEF. Originally, UNICEF requested $932 million for education programs in major conflict and disaster zones, globally. Sadly, the agency received less than $115 million, over $800 million off from their goal.

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Radio programs help keep children learning in Lake Chad crisis

UNICEF 18 July 2017

DAKAR/BRUSSELS, 18 July 2017 – An innovative radio education programme has begun in the Lake Chad basin as part of a comprehensive effort to support the 1.3 million children who have been displaced by the violence of the conflict with Boko Haram. The radio education programmes offer an alternative platform for the 200,000 children in crisis affected areas who are unable to access schools in the Far North of Cameroon and in the Diffa region of Niger.

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Addressing the urgency of education in emergencies

The Guardian 12 July 2017

When people think about the humanitarian challenge posed by the violence in the northeast, we do not often think about education, but we should.According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, there are about 2.9 million children in the country’s northeast affected by conflict in some way. Around 600 schools have been destroyed partially or completely. The scale of the challenge is dizzying for even the most competent of governments, and coordination and achieving scale is key.

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Chad: rethinking education in emergencies; Interventions to break the cycle of underdevelopment

Relief Web 10 July 2017

Chad is a landlocked country in Central Africa bordered by Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic (CAR) to the south, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger to the west. The country is hit by several humanitarian crises caused by conflicts in its neighboring countries.

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A new tool to help countries in crisis develop an education plan

Global Partnership for Education 10 July 2017

Millions of children around the world are affected by conflict, natural disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, internal strife, and fragility. Increasingly, the world’s out-of-school children live in countries facing war, violence and disasters. As a result, they are deprived of their right to education.

In order to maintain children’s access to quality education in these countries, the Global Partnership for Education provides targeted supports including: helping countries develop education sector plans (ESP) that reinforce emergency readiness, preparedness, and planning, providing accelerated funding to respond to crises quickly, and supporting the preparation of transitional education plans (TEP).

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The Visible Impacts of the Syrian War May Only be the Tip of the Iceberg

The World Bank 10 July 2017

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2017—A new World Bank report estimates that as of early 2017, the conflict in Syria has damaged or destroyed about a third of the housing stock and about half of medical and education facilities, and led to significant economic losses. A key finding of the report is that the breakdown of the systems that organize both the economy and society, along with the trust that binds people together, has had a greater economic impact than the destruction of physical infrastructure.  The report further finds that the longer the conflict continues the more persistent will be the impact, making recovery and reconstruction even harder.

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Insider knowledge: homegrown solutions for academic refugees

Times Higher Education 25 June 2017

Universities are developing imaginative ways of addressing the educational needs and ambitions of Syrians. If the risk of a “lost generation” of Syrian students and academics is to be avoided, universities in the region must be part of the solution. But these institutions – in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – lack the capacity to deal with the scale of the refugee crisis and, in any case, often face problems of their own.

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Award puts Malian refugee on road to university in Mauritania

UNHCR 23 June 2017

The lecture hall is filled with students wearing colourful veils and turbans. Fatimetou’s eyes are focused on the English exam paper on the desk, her pen darting over the paper under the watchful eye of the supervisor.
A refugee from Mali, she is the only woman among this year’s 18 students at Nouakchott University who have received scholarships from the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Fund , known by the German acronym DAFI, which are designed to enable young refugees to enrol in higher education.

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UNHCR chief praises Uganda’s commitment to refugees

UNHCR 23 June 2017

KAMAPALA, Uganda – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today praised Uganda’s continued commitment to hosting refugees and called for greater global support for the country’s progressive policies for helping the forcibly displaced.
In his address to the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, held in the capital, Kampala, the High Commissioner said Uganda continues to show “a profound commitment to enabling refugees to pursue self-reliance and live in dignity while in exile.”

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New UN resolution once again urges states to take action on the commercialisation of education

Right to Education Initiative 22 June 2017

In an important UN resolution adopted today, states have reaffirmed the urgent need to address the potential negative impacts of the commercialisation of education on human rights.

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Education Restores Hope: Daniel’s Lesson From The World’s Biggest Refugee Camp

Huffington Post 21 June 2017

You don’t have to tell Daniel, a quietly spoken but fiercely smart 14 year old, about the value of education. Six months ago an armed group went on a rampage in his village near Yei, the capital of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria province, killing his father, and abducting his mother and sister. After fleeing into the bush, Daniel walked for five days to neighbouring Uganda.

He arrived with the clothes on his back, a pair of broken sandals, and his most prized possession – a science book. “I want to finish my education and become a doctor. Learning is my only hope for a better life,” says Daniel.

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Refugee education crisis looming in Uganda

Relief Web 20 June 2017

Save the Children issues warning ahead of World Refugee Day

With nearly one million refugees expected to have crossed the border from South Sudan to Uganda by the end of this month, Save the Children is calling for education to be put at the centre of a make-or-break summit this week.

Almost three quarters of a million refugees – more than half of them children – have arrived in Uganda since fighting escalated last July.

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How to host 200,000 refugee students in your education system: An answer from Lebanon

The World Bank 20 June 2017

World Refugee Day happens once year, but the issues it is designed to highlight are a daily concern for Lebanon. As the country which hosts the world’s largest number of refugees per capita, Lebanon holds some important lessons. Lebanon almost doubled the size of its national public education system in five years in response to the ongoing refugee crisis, something no country has ever done before. The large increases in primary education seen particularly in African countries in the last decade and a half rarely accounted for more than a 50 percent increase in the total public school population as they were focused on the first six years of school; Lebanon has increased its overall public school population by almost 100 percent.

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Dia Mundial do Refugiado: mensagem do SG da ONU

ONU News Português 20 June 2017

“Chefe da ONU pede a todos que reflitam sobre a coragem das pessoas que são obrigadas a fugir e a compaixão de todos as que os acolhem.”

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