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Burma budgets US$110 million for education


Burmese Education Minister Dr Khin San Yee announced last week at an educational seminar in Rangoon University that 110 billion kyat (US$110 million) is to be allocated for educational reforms.

She said that the Ministry of Education will appropriate a budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 to: improve the status of schools in the border region; to set up kindergartens and preschool classes in remote areas to enforce compulsory education; and to set up digital libraries.

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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue, Issue 28 | 01 – 30 September 2014


  • Alert levels raised for Mayon Volcano

  • Flashfloods and landslides caused by Typhoon Kalmaegi

  • Sphere standards lacking in Masempla Transition Site

  • Reaching historical milestones with Bangsomoro

  • Simulation in Region VIII

  • Accountability mainstreamed in OCHA Philippines

Mayon Volcano alert levels raised

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Turkey + 1 other
Syria's Children: Uprooted and Out of School

When Faud al-Shiekh Sanaa, a gaunt master teacher from Aleppo, made his way to Turkey with throngs of other refugees from Syria in July 2012, he immediately set about registering children for school. Classes back home would have started in September, and there was little time to waste.

By November, with backing from international and Turkish charities, the governor of Kilis Province had presided over the opening of the “Culture Center for Syrians.”

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Basic Needs

2,700 children took part in summer school activities


Summer School activities were completed in four camps in Erbil reaching over 2200 children in the camps and over 500 in the non-camp areas including host communities. Catch up classes were also conducted for grades 1-6 for over 1000 children in preparation for the transition from the Syrian to the Kurdish curriculum.

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Inauguration of UNRWA Shufat basic girls school

West Bank

UNRWA celebrated the inauguration of Shu’fat Basic Girls School in Shu’fat camp, a project that was funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Guests at the celebration included UNRWA Director of Operations in the West Bank Felipe Sanchez, Hani Abu Diab from the Islamic Development Bank and the Head of the UNRWA Arab Partners Unit, Peter Ford. Also present were senior UNRWA officials along with officials from the Department of Refugee Affairs, school staff, and local community representatives.

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Colombia - Desplazamientos masivos en Guapi (Cauca) Informe de Situación No. 1 (30/09/2014)


  • Entre el 9 y el 21 de septiembre, cerca de 367 personas (83 familias) de las comunidades El Partidero, Buenavista y Calle Honda, en zona rural de Guapi - costa pacífica del Cauca-, se desplazaron al casco urbano del municipio a causa de enfrentamientos entre miembros de las FARC-EP y la Fuerza Pública.

  • Cerca de 115 personas de población indígena de El Partidero y Buenavista y población afrocolombiana de Calle Honda se aloja en el centro cultural cuya infraestructura es inadecuada para el albergue.

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Turkey + 1 other
Turkey: Population Movement Emergency Appeal n° MDRTR003 Operations Update n°6

Period covered by this Operations Update: 1 July to 26 September 2014.

Appeal target: CHF 42.1 million in cash, kind, and services to support the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) until December 2015 to extend humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of some 250,000 people seeking assistance and protection.

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Ukraine: Situation report No. 13 as of 26 September 2014


• On 19 September, Ukraine, the Russian Federation and separatist groups signed a 9-point Memorandum outlining parameters for the implementation of the ceasefire commitments agreed to in on 5 September in Minsk.

• On 26 September, 300,000 doses of tetanus toxoid arrived in Ukraine. The fast-track approach developed by UNICEF and WHO has enabled the country to rapidly obtain prequalified vaccines.

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Floods in Pakistan mean misery for children

World Vision

Author: Asif Raza

Zainab, 3, had never seen flood waters before. She didn’t understand how destructive they could be until she had witnessed the devastation herself. In addition to the visible marks left on the landscape, the floods have left their marks on Zainab as well. Due to the contaminated water, she is suffering from skin infections and high fever. She is also traumatized and trying to process the loss of her maternal grandfather, who drowned in the flood.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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A Goma, nous avons célébré la Paix à l’école

Le 21 Septembre de chaque année, le monde entier célèbre la journée internationale de la paix. Cette année, la célébration de cette grande journée s’est réalisée vivement en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), et plus précisément au Nord Kivu dans la ville de Goma et ses environs. En tant qu’Enfant Reporter, j’ai participé activement à la célébration.

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Lebanon + 3 others
Inter-agency Q&A on humanitarian assistance and services in Lebanon (INQAL)



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EU trust fund starts delivering support to population

The projects will ensure better access to health for 760,000 people; create jobs and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure in Bangui; and empower women and work towards their economic inclusion.

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Cameroon + 2 others
UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, August 5, 2014


UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian assistance in four regions of Cameroon – the Far North, North, Adamawa and the East – which have been facing recurring emergencies.

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Sudan + 4 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Sudan and South Sudan Last update: 24/09/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 100 000 000

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is subject to the adoption of the decision amending Decision C(2013) 9533 final.


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Overcoming loss in the rubble of Gaza

By Catherine Weibel

For a young girl who lost her father and sister in the recent conflict in Gaza, returning to school is one step in a long process of recovery.

GAZA, State of Palestine, 29 September 2014 - Ten-year-old Shaima lives in Shuja’iyeh in eastern Gaza City, a crowded neighbourhood now mostly reduced to a vast expanse of rubble. The threat of explosive remnants of war looms around every corner.

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UN Special Rapporteur alarmed by devastating impact of Gaza conflict on Palestinian civilians

GENEVA (29 September 2014) – The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, today expressed alarm at the terrible cost paid by Palestinian civilians, especially children in Gaza, as a result of Israel’s military operation that lasted 50 days from 7 July to 26 August this year.

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El Salvador + 3 others
International coffee day: a devastating plague of coffee rust that is leaving communities hungry and desperate

Today is international coffee day. For many, coffee is a mandatory ritual in our morning routine, a centrepiece in our office meetings, a little iced treat on summer days.

But what if I were to tell you that your much-loved blend is disappearing?That millions of lives are being destroyed as a plague tears through Latin America?

The real story behind your cup of dry roast will leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

Livelihoods ruined

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Afghanistan + 1 other
NRC provides education to children in Khost

Ongoing military operations in North Waziristan (Pakistan) has led to thousands of refugees being forced to live in makeshift camps in Afghanistan. Currently over 2,900 displaced families are living in tents in Gulan camp in Khost province. There are at least 4,000 children living in the camp, in addition to an estimated 15,000 refugee children living in nearby host communities.