Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis


France and Canada: 58th and 59th Countries to Endorse Safe Schools Declaration

GCPEA 21 February 2017

(February 21, 2017 – Paris) The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The endorsement came during the international conference on the protection of children in armed conflicts being hosted by the French foreign ministry in Paris today.
“France and Canada’s support for the Safe Schools Declaration is a welcome addition to the growing community of countries demanding that schools be safe places for children, even during war,” said Diya Nijhowne, GCPEA Director. “The Safe Schools Declaration lays out many common-sense steps that countries can take to help ensure that students and schools are better protected.”

Click to read more

ASEAN working together as One in making children in schools and communities resilient to disaster

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 21 February 2017

On 14 and 15 February, key government officials from the Ministries of Education and National Disaster Management Offices of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States and other active stakeholders came together at the 2nd ASEAN Regional Conference on School Safety in Bangkok. The Conference was co-organized by ASEAN, ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI) Consortium and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Click to read more

Experts: Peace education key to global harmony

The New Times 21 February 2017

Peace and conflict scholars have called for all countries to promote peace education in school curriculum, saying it will go a long way in ensuring a conflict-free world.

The experts were speaking during the first day of a peace education conference organised by Aegis Trust at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi, yesterday.

Click to read more

Seven steps to saving lives and assisting people in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin

Relief Web 17 February 2017

A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.

Across the Lake Chad Basin, 17 million people are affected by the conflict, and over 2.6 million – of which 1.5 million are children – have fled their homes in search of safety and protection. Hunger and malnutrition remain at critical levels with 7.1 million people severely food insecure – 5.1 million of them in Nigeria alone. In Borno State in northeast Nigeria, at least 400,000 people could currently be experiencing famine- like conditions.

Give children and youth a passport to their future. 3 245 000 children are in need of emergency education in the region. Although schools, teachers and students have been deliberately targeted in this conflict, the education sector is heavily underfunded. This has to change.

Click to read more

Meet Max Frieder, a Global Citizen of America Who’s Bringing Art to Conflict Zones

Global Citizen 16 February 2017

A sea of uniform white settlements in the middle of a vast desert, Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp has grown, first from a temporary fix to a geopolitical conflict, and more recently into a large, bustling town of 80,000 with supermarkets, pizza shops, and even a taekwondo training academy. Viewed from afar, the rows of white shacks fade into the horizon, merging with the desert sand.
For Max Frieder, an artist and educator, the white walls represented an opportunity.
Frieder has worked with communities around the world to create murals and public art projects with an eye toward community-building, education, and conflict resolution.

Click to read more

Falta de comida afeta 2 milhões de refugiados em 10 países de África

África 21 Digital 13 February 2017

” O alto comissário da ONU para Refugiados e a diretora do Programa Mundial de Alimentação (PMA) estão preocupados com a falta de comida que afeta 2 milhões de refugiados em 10 países africanos. Esta segunda-feira, Filippo Grandi e Ertharin Cousin alertaram para o total de refugiados que o continente tem atualmente: quase 5 milhões, praticamente o dobro de 2011”

Click to read more

Comunidades da Guiné-Bissau formalizam rejeição da mutilação genital feminina

Africa 21 Digital 6 February 2017

“O Fundo das Nações Unidas para a Infância (Unicef) apoia o processo que culmina com a rejeição de práticas como a mutilação genital feminina na Guiné-Bissau. Pelo menos seis aldeias fizeram a declaração pública de rejeição esta segunda-feira (6), por ocasião do Dia Internacional de Tolerância Zero à excisão genital.”

Click to read more

Instituto Camões lança nova plataforma de ensino de português à distância

Portugal Digital 4 February 2017

“O Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua lança na próxima terça-feira, 7 de fevereiro, uma nova plataforma de ensino à distância, denominada “Português mais perto”.”

Click to read more

The long-distance learners of Aleppo

BBC News 1 February 2017

Mariam Hammad, despite every adversity of war and hardship, is trying to be a student in Aleppo in the dark heart of Syria’s civil war. “My city has turned to ruins,” she says. Despite being in constant danger, forced out of her home twice by shelling and living without regular supplies of electricity or water, this 22-year-old has refused to give up being a student.

Click to read more

World Bank launches school construction projects for refugees in Turkey

Hurriyet Daily News 30 January 2017

The World Bank has partnered with a number of Turkish agencies and the European Union to construct schools for Syrian refugees in Turkey, according to a statement from the lender.

Funded by the EU and implemented by the KFW Development Bank and the World Bank, the “School Construction Projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey” aims to support the Turkish government to improve access to education for Syrians under temporary protection, as well as their host communities, by expanding disaster-resilient education infrastructure in priority provinces, according to the statement that was released on Jan. 30.

Click to read more

How to Help Refugees Recover from Trauma

Al Fanar Media 27 January 2017

This article is the second part of a two-part series. The first article, Refugee Youth Traumatized by War: Overwhelmed, Understudied, examined research on the mental health of traumatized youth.

Psychologists and researchers have developed evidence-based treatments to help those who are trying to improve the mental health of traumatized young refugees.

But a shortage of mental-health professionals working with refugees makes these methods difficult to roll out.

Click to read more


UNICEF 25 January 2017

BRUSSELS/ATHENS, 25 January 2017 – A new joint action between UNICEF and the European Union will support more than 6,000 refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied minors, across Greece. It will be financed through the EU emergency support instrument, which enables the European Commission to fund emergency operations within the EU.

At a time of harsh weather conditions in Greece, the project will help keep refugee and migrant children safe and cared for and give them access to child protection and educational services. This will give them a chance of a new start in their lives after fleeing war, conflict and deprivation, as well as restoring resilience and routine.

Click to read more

Nações Unidas querem resposta global no combate a conflitos

Rádio ONU 24 January 2017

O secretário-geral citou dois grandes desafios pela frente. O primeiro é a educação. Ele afirmou que a educação “é pré-requisito para o desenvolvimento econômico e a paz”.
E o segundo desafio é o desemprego entre os jovens que priva esse grupo de uma oportunidade para atingir seu potencial e têm influência em conflitos e no aumento do terrorismo global.

Click to read more

Agenda 2030 – SDG4 Education 2030 – One Year On: Challenges and Opportunities

NORRAG 24 January 2017

It is just over a year ago on September 25, 2015 when global leaders adopted Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Some may argue that little has changed in the global landscape since then, as war and conflict have intensified and the means to address the refugee situation continues to elude policy makers.

Click to read more

Cidades do Brasil e de Portugal recebem prêmio de educação da Unesco

Rádio ONU 23 January 2017

Contagem, em Minas Gerais, e Câmara de Lobos, na ilha da Madeira, estão entre os 16 municípios reconhecidos por promover a educação e o aprendizado de longo prazo; entrega do selo Cidades Aprendizagem será em setembro.

Click to read more