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UN chief calls for global solidarity in support of ’21st century schooling’

Urging an overhaul of teacher training and efforts to address the digital divide, he called for global solidarity in prioritizing education funding through the support of financial institutions. “I consider myself a student for life”, confided the UN Secretary-General to students, teachers and all the participants of the Summit on the transformation of education, which …

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Afghanistan: UN calls for return of girls excluded from secondary education a year ago

“Sunday marks one year since girls were banned from attending secondary school in Afghanistan. A year of lost knowledge and opportunities they will never find again. Girls have their place in school. The Taliban must let them go back there,” said the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterreson his Twitter account. “This is a tragic, shameful …

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Education Summit: UN encourages donors to help developing countries

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, two-thirds of countries have cut their education budgets, even though education is crucial for peaceful, prosperous and stable societies. “Reducing investment virtually guarantees more serious crises later. We need to pump more, not less, money into education systems,” UN chief told press briefing alongside UN Special Envoy for …

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Education must be transformed to safeguard the future of millions of children, UNICEF argues

This shocking figure reflects a 50% decrease from estimates prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Underfunded schools, underpaid and underqualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms and archaic curricula compromise our children’s ability to reach their full potential,” said Catherine Russel, CEO of theUNICEF in a press release. “The trajectory of our education systems is by definition, the trajectory …

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Education: Stereotypes hurt girls in math – UNICEF

According to new analyzes of data from more than 100 countries and territories, boys are up to 1.3 times more likely than girls to acquire math skills. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) challenges an “often stereotypical view” held by teachers, parents and other students about girls’ innate inability to understand mathematics. The report points …

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West and Central Africa: more than 12,400 schools closed last year due to insecurity

According to the organization Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the number of educational establishments forcibly closed or no longer offering courses has increased by a third in two years. At the end of the 2021-22 school year, more than 12,400 schools were closed in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), …

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244 million children still do not go to school in the world (UNESCO)

If it is a new school year in many countries, particularly in Europe, these latest data are a reminder of “deep and persistent inequalities in access to education” in the world. “No one can accept this situation. Education is a right and we must do everything to ensure that this right is respected for every …

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Road insecurity, “silent pandemic” of Latin America according to the UN

“For me, it is very important to see that road safety is on the global agenda,” Jean Todt told UN News in an interview. “Hopefully with the work of the UN, in partnership with other major organizations, we will raise awareness about this silent pandemic, making it more visible.” Mr. Todt was speaking from Buenos …

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Mother tongue: UNESCO encourages the use of technology to advance multilingual education

The mother tongue is the one you learn first, it’s the language you use the most, it’s the language you identify with or the one for which you are considered a native speaker, explains Andriamiseza Noro, Specialist in the education program at UNESCO in an interview with UN News. For her, we should say the …

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