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12 Mar 2017 description

On the morning of the 27th of February 2017, H.E. Mr. Shinichi Saida, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia visited the IICBA offices for the signing ceremony, on behalf of the government of Japan, providing funding of a sum of 1 million USD to IICBA. The funds will go towards IICBA’s project, ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries’, which will support teachers and teacher educators from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

01 Feb 2017 description

A promising future for girls’ education in Ethiopia: three higher learning institutions have mainstreamed gender-responsive pedagogy in six teacher-training courses through the UNESCO-HNA Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

A major part of a girl’s future plays out in school – and teachers are in a unique position to ensure that girls feel as confident as boys do to pursue their dreams.

24 Apr 2014 description

UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries

UNESCO has published a report explaining how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries. The report was published today, 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day.

04 Oct 2013 description
Campaign Briefing

UNESCO calls for strengthened sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Eastern and Southern Africa

A UNESCO report and United Nations-led campaign were launched today urging ministers from Eastern and Southern Africa to respond to continuing high levels of HIV infection, unintended pregnancy and low HIV prevention knowledge impacting on the region’s 158m adolescents and young people.

29 May 2013 description



This report presents the results and findings of the evaluation of the first phase of the Joint Programme for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Ethiopia (JP GEWE) conducted over a period of 4 months between February and May 2013.

25 Nov 2012 description

Ethiopia, Namibia, and Cote D’Ivoire have been selected as the first three countries for the implementation of a new project on quality education through teacher training supported by UNESCO and the Government of China.

This initiative marks the beginning of a new partnership: it is the first time UNESCO has received financial support in this area from China.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, launched the project on 22 November at the close of the 2012 Global EFA Meeting (GEM).

17 Oct 2012 description

The tenth Education for All Global Monitoring Report, Putting Education to Work, reveals the urgent need to invest in skills for youth. In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 56 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity. This is equivalent to one in three of the region’s youth population. Around two-thirds of the population in Africa are under 25-years-old.

18 Sep 2012 description

The Government of Japan and UNESCO concluded an agreement under which USD 4.8 million will be allocated by Japan to UNESCO to support its post conflict and post disaster response in education in South Sudan, Liberia, Egypt and Libya, and Iraq and in tackling drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

28 Jun 2012 description

Following the successful launch of the Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment on HIV Prevention and Sexual Health for Young People in November 2011 by Dirk Niebel, Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), UNAIDS and UNESCO have now established a High-Level Group of policymakers and experts to steer this initiative.

24 May 2012 description

UNESCO’s global partnership for girls’ and women’s education addresses two main areas requiring increased attention – secondary education and literacy. It seeks to introduce progammes aimed at stemming the dropout of adolescent girls in the transition from primary to secondary education, as well as focus on scaling up women’s literacy programmes through stronger advocacy and partnerships.

One year after the launch of the Partnership last May, three projects funded by private partners are making good progress.

14 Mar 2012 description

The Government of Japan and UNESCO concluded an agreement under which USD 4.8 million will be allocated by Japan to UNESCO to support its post conflict and post disaster response in education in South Sudan, Liberia, Egypt and Libya, and Iraq and in tackling drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

25 Jan 2012 description

UNESCO begins mapping groundwater in January in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, in order to bring the population a sustainable water supply. Drought has caused the region’s worst famine in 60 years, with 12 million people at risk of starvation. Those living in refugee camps are particularly vulnerable.

08 Jul 2010 description

As political leaders across Africa prepare for the World Cup education summit scheduled for 11 July in Pretoria, UNESCO warns that shortfalls in aid threaten to derail efforts to get the region's 32 million out-of-school children into classrooms.

The education summit, convened by President Jacob Zuma, marks a culmination in efforts led by the 1Goal campaign and FIFA to push Africa's education crisis up the international agenda. That crisis is holding back economic growth, poverty reduction and progress in areas such as public health.

24 Jun 2009 description

by IIEP and the CfBT Education Trust,

Education is a key factor in restoring normalcy and hope and in providing physical, psychosocial and cognitive protection in emergency situations.

However, few donors have humanitarian policies that explicitly include education from the onset of a humanitarian response.

This book gives an overview of the policies, strategies and financial commitments of the 23 influential Western donors that constitute the OECD in relation to education in fragile and conflictaffected states.

11 Dec 2008 description

Paris, 11 December - Against the backdrop of the global financial crisis, education and development ministers, leading officials from multilateral and bilateral agencies, and representatives from civil society will meet in Oslo, Norway (16-17 December ) to recommend strategies for accelerating progress towards achieving quality Education For All by 2015.

Organized by UNESCO and hosted by the Government of Norway, this eighth meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All will be opened by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura with the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens …

25 Nov 2008 description

Paris, 25 November - Blaming a combination of political indifference, weak domestic policies, and the failure of aid donors to act on commitments, the 2009 Education for All Global Monitoring Report - Overcoming inequality: why governance matters - warns that 'unacceptable' national and global education disparities are undermining efforts to achieve international development goals.

"When financial systems fail, the consequences are highly visible and governments act," commented …

29 Nov 2007 description

Press Release N°2007-147

The number of children starting primary school has increased sharply since 2000, there are more girls in school than ever before and spending on education and aid has risen. That's the good news, according to the sixth edition of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, released by UNESCO today.

21 May 1999 description

Zanzibar (Tanzania), May 21 {No.99-113} - The UNESCO-organised Pan-African Women's Conference on a Culture of Peace ended in Zanzibar Thursday evening after four days of testimonies, presentations and debate, with the adoption of the "Zanzibar Declaration on Women and a Culture of Peace" - which launches a Pan-African women's movement for peace - and the "Women's Agenda for a Culture of Peace in Africa."