Three young women from quite different parts of the world, but with very similar goals, met at UNICEF House recently to talk about their passion for promoting girls’ rights. Linh, 20, from Viet Nam, Marcela, 17, from El Salvador and Hakima, 13, from Uganda were in New York as Plan International young delegates for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, held at United Nations Headquarters. To listen to the full podcast, please click here!

At a UNICEF-convened side event of the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, entitled Girls Growing up Free of Violence: Promoting tolerance, equality and respect, a panel of five experts representing academia, government, civil society and the United Nations called for an end to violence against girls. The event took place in New York on the eve of International Women’s Day, and panelists highlighted the importance of better and earlier monitoring and interventions, improved...

In 2004, hedge fund analyst Sal Khan started to make YouTube videos to help his younger cousin learn. Soon enough, Mr. Khan had developed a following, and, in 2009, he quit his job to start Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that produces free educational videos. UNICEF’s podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Sal Khan about what made Khan Academy such a success and plans for the future. To listen to the podcast, please click here!

Towards education for all in Haiti

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Three years after the devastating earthquake of 2010, the education of children in Haiti has seen significant improvement. Many schools have been reconstructed, and more children are going to school now than before the earthquake. Yet, more needs to be done to ensure that every child has access to free, quality education. In this episode of 'Beyond School Books', UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Jeremy Lachal, Director of Bibliothèques Sans Frontières, a cultural and social develo...

Key findings on out-of-school children in Kyrgyzstan

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In 2010, UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics launched the Global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI), an equity-focused effort whose goal is to reduce the number of out-of-school children, to address disparities in access and attendance and achieve universal primary education by 2015. Kyrgyzstan, one of the 26 countries participating in this initiative, recently published a country-level study on out-of-school children. The study describes the situation of out-of-school children...

In 2007, Oliver Percovich landed in Kabul with nothing more than a couple of skateboards. Having learned to skateboard when he was 6 years old, Mr. Percovich had embraced the sport as a big part of his personality. But he never thought that this passion would lead to the creation of one of the most beloved projects in Afghanistan – Skateistan, a place where girls and boys go to skate and receive an education. In this installment, UNICEF’s podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Oliver Percovi...

At the age of 7, Emmanuel Jal walked hundreds of miles in search of an education. Born in a war-torn area that is now part of South Sudan, he joined thousands of children who were told schools awaited them in Ethiopia. Instead, they were sent by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army to military camps for training. Twenty-five years later, Mr. Jal has channelled his experience into music and strives to protect the childhood of others by advocating for peace, justice and equality. To celebrate Hu...

The 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report Youth and skills: Putting education to work examines how skills-development programmes can be improved to boost young people’s opportunities for decent jobs and better lives. Podcast moderator Femi Oke discussed the report’s findings and the dynamics around gender and skills development with Director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report Pauline Rose. To listen to the podcast, please click here!

Engaging young people in education policies and programmes is crucial to building peace and promoting social transformation, according to a global policy forum hosted by the International Institute for Educational Planning Policy Forum in Paris, France, last month. UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with two of the 250 forum participants – Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, and youth activist and Director of the African Youth In...

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