Ebola versus education

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By Kamanda (19), Plan Global Youth Advisory Panel (GYAP) member. Just 12 years ago my country started revitalising its education system after the civil war had destroyed almost everything. Today, the deadly Ebola virus is destroying our education systems once again. Schools have closed down indefinitely and lessons or classes are banned. Our tutors are paid but they give no lessons, some of them no longer study or research their own subjects. Candidates of external exams...


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We travelled to the Ahangaran Valley in the Bamyan province of central Afghanistan to work with local children as they produced videos about their school, their lives and their dreams for the future. Bamyan made headlines back in 2001 when the Taliban destroyed the ancient Bamyan Buddha statues that had been etched into mountainsides. For more than 1,500 years, pilgrims from across Asia had set up camp near the Buddha statues and the huge caves beneath them. Now, only the c...


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DOWNLOAD How do children see their rights affected by digital media and tools? In July and August 2014, 148 children in 16 countries took part in workshops to discuss the opportunities and risks associated with digital media; these discussions – and the voices of the child participants of the workshops – are reflected in this report. Findings were presented at the Day of General Discussion, a meeting focusing on digital media and child rights that was convened by the Co...


CONCURSO: la educación en situaciones de emergencia

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Cien millones de niños y jóvenes se ven afectados por desastres naturales cada año. Más de la mitad de los 58 millones de niños y jóvenes de todo el mundo que asisten a la escuela viven en países afectados por la guerra y la violencia; la mayoría son niñas. Cuando ocurre una emergencia, muchos de ellos no pueden ir a la escuela. Un terremoto o una inundación podrían haber destruido las instalaciones y el trayecto puede haberse convertido en inseguro por un conflicto....


In Sierra Leone youth are helping fight Ebola

Publié 25 septembre 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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He’s may only be 20 years old, but Alusine Bangura, is of the young people helping in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Alusine was one more than 28,000 volunteers deployed around the country between 19 and 21 September, on a three-day house-to-house information campaign. The campaign aimed to 1.5 million households with life-saving messages about this dreadful disease. During the house-to-house visits, Alusine explains to a family in the eastern Waterloo area how Eb...


What are the barriers to education in Brazil & Mexico?

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Yesterday a really interesting event took place at the UNICEF offices in New York. A group of youth delegates from Brazil and Mexico shared their personal stories and views on what the barriers are to education in their countries. The issues that they raised included: 1.Schools where teachers don't speak indigenous languages; 2. Poor quality of text books; 3. Violence and discrimination - especially for LGBT and indigenous youth; 4. Schools that are located far from w...


What do you(th) think about climate change?

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Tomorrow, an important event is taking place in New York City – one with repercussions far beyond the tiny island of Manhattan. Tomorrow, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host the 2014 Climate Summit, with an important goal – to get everyone behind the plan to address climate change and the effects it will have on us all. But these effects are likely to impact some groups of people more than others – and children and young people are key among them. Not...


Bringing you the news from the General Assembly

Publié 22 septembre 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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Hi Voices of Youth This is just a short note to let you all know that this week we'll be sharing news and coverage of various UN General Assembly events that are of importance to youth. So make sure that you keep checking in and feel free to share any comments on questions with us. Many of the UNGA events can be streamed on UN TV here. And don't forget, tomorrow the big Climate Summit is happening so follow the hashtag #climate2014 to see what everyone has to say, and make...


Mixed feelings for Gaza’s children as they return to a new school year

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The sight of schoolchildren filing into classrooms across Gaza last week was a welcome sign that in one respect at least, life in the territory is returning to some kind of normality after a traumatic summer of conflict and bloodshed. Pupils at the privately-run American International School in Gaza were back in class a week before the new academic year even began. Staff said they wanted to find a way of helping the children get back into a routine as soon as possible, so that...


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