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Children in Urban Space: Making Child Friendly Cities, issue no. 108, March 2014

So much is said about future of cities and yet city planning is not done by those who have a long future: children. This is odd.

The 108th issue of is titled ‘Children in Urban Space: Making Child Friendly Cities’ highlights the concept of a ‘Child Friendly City’. This issue of outlines the key pre-requisites to make child friendly city by documenting the experiences and expertise of organizations and individuals that have strived towards this ideal. The content includes:

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World + 9 others
Programming on the Right to be Heard: A learning companion (Revised Edition)


The Revised Edition of the Right to be Heard is about people claiming their right to a better life. This Learning Companion aims to guide work and strengthen focus in this area.

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India + 1 other
We Can Not Leave Everything to God: Children and Crowd Management in Schools, issue no.107, March 2014

The 107th issue of is titled ‘We Can Not Leave Everything to God: Children and Crowd Management in Schools’ explores the important theme of Crowd Management. Crowd management is extremely important for a country like India that routinely witnesses stampedes. Replete with views of experts from the field, this issue provides vital information on Crowd management policies, practices and procedures. The content includes:

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Keep Schools Conflict-Free Before Elections

Maoists, Government Forces Should Spare Schools from Fighting

(New York, March 26, 2014) – Maoist insurgents and government security forces in India should respect children’s safety and right to education by keeping schools off-limits in the weeks before the April and May 2014 national elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The Maoists, also known as “Naxalites,” should cease all attacks on schools. Government security forces should not occupy schools as barracks or bases, which puts children at risk.

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World + 5 others
International Women’s Day: Salesian Missionaries inspire change for young women through education, workforce development

(MissionNewswire) For more than 100 years, March 8 has marked International Women’s Day. The day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women around the globe while focusing the world’s attention on areas requiring further action. Humanitarian organizations, human rights groups, governments and the United Nations come together around this important issue that affects everyone. Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco joins the international community in observance of International Women’s Day.

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Bangladesh + 3 others
Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children – South Asia Regional Study covering Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

A staggering 27 million children are out of school in South Asia

Kathmandu, 28 January 2014 - A new study released today by UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) finds that a staggering 27 million children between the ages 5-13 are out of school in four countries of South Asia.

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Teacher training offers hope for Myanmar's rural education


AIZAWL, 17 January 2014 (IRIN) - A church school in India for young ethnic Chin migrants from northwestern Myanmar is training a new generation of missionaries, who will return to their mountainous homeland across the border to make education more accessible, especially in remote rural areas.


A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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World + 5 others
Global: Building communities of hospitality

Mweso, 15 January 2014 – One evening, someone knocked at the door of the Jesuit Refugee Service centre in Mweso, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a region plagued by chronic conflict. Sr Paola Paoli opened the door, the guard at her side. She found a group of primary school children accompanied by a woman, who explained that they had fled an outburst of fighting in nearby Kalembe. They hitched a lift on a truck and reached Mweso, where someone told them about JRS. The JRS team took them in, gave them food and sheltered them for the night.

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Paramilitary Still Squats in Chhattisgarh Schools

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from CGNet Swara, an organization promoting community journalism in India, regarding the continuing occupation and use of educational institutions in Chhattisgarh by the Indian paramilitary. AHRC has learnt that two companies of the Border Security Force (BSF), deployed at remote Kodapakha village of Kanker district, about 250 km from the Chhattisgarh state capital Raipur, have been occupying the premises of three schools for several years now. They do so in violation of a Supreme Court order.

Asian Human Rights Commission:

About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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World + 7 others
The Right to Learn: Community participation in improving learning

The past decade has witnessed unprecedented progress in education, with millions more children in school. But there is a growing crisis in learning. Millions of children in school are unable to read, write or calculate,

The Right to Learn showcases the work of five organisations working to support local action to improve schools – UWEZO in East Africa, Equal Education in South Africa, Ação Educativa in Brazil, ASER in India and ASER in Pakistan.

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Building Back Better: A More Resilient Sikkim Post 2011 Earthquake, issue no. 98, October 2013

Earthquake in Himalayas is shared nightmare. The 2011 earthquake in Sikkim offered built pilot of experience. What does this experience tell us? A small effort is made to capture the experience in Sikkim.

This issue of focuses primarily upon the recovery and rehabilitation of the Indian state of Sikkim post the 18 September 2011 earthquake. Filled with well researched articles and summary reports, the theme of this issue is ‘Building a More Resilient Sikkim Post 2011’.

The content includes:

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Afghanistan + 15 others
USAID FrontLines – September/October 2013


About FrontLines

Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah

These Docs Aim to Save Moms' Lives Many Times Over

Saving Lives Profile: Stopping Post-Partum Bleeding

Saving Lives Profile: Pinpointing Preeclampsia with a Simple Red Dot

Saving Lives Profile: Que Vivan Las Madres, Long Live the Mothers

Saving Lives Profile: Senegal's Mother Mentors

Podcast: Saving Lives at Birth -- Up for the Challenge

On a Higher Mission: University “Development Labs” Accelerating to Answer World’s Toughest Challenges

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World + 44 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 – 22 October

There have been 2,936 new cases of cholera and 83 deaths in Haiti in one week, already more than half the cases reported during September.

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Cyclone Phailin has damaged 5,825 schools in Odisha

Times of India

NEW DELHI: As per the preliminary damage report with the department of school and mass education, Odisha, Cyclone Phailin has damaged as many as 5,825 educational institutions, causing damage of over Rs 250 crore.

As many as 4,685 elementary schools have been damaged; 1,135 high schools and five teacher-training institutions. All the elementary schools — 'pucca' buildings — had been constructed with funds from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan after 2001.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08 – 15 October

Snapshot 08 – 15 October

In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.

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World + 8 others
Innovating for girls' education

Statement by the UNFPA Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October 2013

More girls are in school today than ever before. However, too many girls, especially the most marginalized, have never seen the inside of a classroom, or they go to school only sporadically, never getting the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to reach their full potential. For those in school, challenges like teacher shortages abound, making learning difficult even for the most motivated student.

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India + 1 other
Demand-side barriers to girls’ secondary education in Madhya Pradesh, India

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child and to mark this the World Bank is facilitating an online conversation between their president, Dr Jim Yong Kim, and Malala Yousafzai, the 16 year old educational campaigner from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban a year ago on her way home from school.

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World + 6 others
Getting to zero: How we can be the generation that ends poverty

Our generation can end extreme poverty. We can finish the job the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) began.

That’s the exciting conclusion of Save the Children’s major new report, Getting to Zero: How we can be the generation that ends poverty. If incomes become a bit more equal and governance improves, 850,000 children’s lives could be saved every year by 2030 in Sub-Saharan Africa alone.

But what does ‘improving governance’ mean?

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India + 3 others
Urban Profiling of Refugee Situations in Delhi - Refugees from Myanmar, Afghanistan and Somalia and their Indian Neighbours: A Comparative Study

This report is a collaborative effort between the Joint IDP Profiling Service, the Feinstein International Centre (Tufts University) and UNHCR. The study was fully funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

The profiling exercise was conducted in close collaboration with our implementing partner in Delhi the Development and Justice initiative (DAJI).