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Every year, UNICEF and its partners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) generate a wealth of knowledge in the region and evidence of the results from programmatic interventions. The purpose is to inform national dialogues around the design and implementation of child-friendly policies and to improve interventions, thus contributing towards full implementation of the rights of all children across the MENA region.
Most MENA countries have high immunization coverage rates. But immunization coverage has dropped considerably in some (including Iraq, the Syrian Arab Republic and Yemen), due to the conflicts, instability and the prevailing geopolitical situation in the region. Approximately 1.3 million surviving infants in MENA missed their third dose of DTP vaccine in 2016. In many of the region’s countries, problems of equity persist, particularly concerning displaced populations, nomads, ethnic groups and marginalized urban populations.
Tunis, 13 April 2018 – UNICEF and the Ministries of Justice of Libya and Tunisia supported a high-level workshop with judges and prosecutors from across Libya, within the framework of South to South cooperation between Libya and Tunisia.
During the workshop, the Libyan participants met with their counterparts from the Tunisian justice system to advance learning, share good practices and expertise for promoting child rights.
RABAT, 15 May 2017 – According to a recent UNICEF analysis covering 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa , poverty continues to impact at least 29 million children – one in four children in the region. These children are deprived of the minimum requirements in two or more of the most basic life necessities including basic education, decent housing, nutritious food, quality health care, safe water, sanitation and access to information.
Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.
More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
The last decade has seen some progress. Pre-primary out-of-school rates have decreased, although they remain high, and primary rates have fallen to nearly zero. However, there has been no improvement at the lower secondary level.
In total, 119,022 children are out of school (7%), including 54,6095-year-olds who should be in pre-primary (30.3%), 15,033 primary school aged children (1.5%)and 49,380 lower secondary school aged children (10%).
In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.
By Christopher Tidey
BENGHAZI, Libya, 26 July 2011 – Aisha and Aya in Benghazi, Hassan in Al-Bayda and Haya from Nalut all tell me the same thing: They want to go back to school. In fact, virtually every child I speak with in Libya expresses hope for a return to the classroom as soon as possible.
Since the outbreak of conflict here five months ago, most of the country’s schools have closed, leaving the education of nearly 2 million children under the age of 18 in flux – and an academic year lost.
Reporting period (30 June - 11 July 2011)
The situation in Libya continues to be volatile. Anti-government forces push towards Tripoli continues slowly with some advances recorded in the western mountains. Slight advances have also been reported in the Misrata’s western front where opposition forces have fortified their position at 36 km west of the city.
Reporting period (15 – 29 June 2011)
The fighting continues across western Libya, particularly in the Nafusa Mountains where NATO has now initiated attacks in response to government shelling in Nalut. Zintan has also been attacked in recent days, and fierce fighting has been taking place only 80 km south-west of Tripoli with opposition forces stating to be making a push for Tripoli. Due to the lack of access, humanitarian needs remain difficult to ascertain.
Reporting period (01 – 15 June 2011)
The conflict in Libya is now in its fourth month without any immediate signs of an end to the fighting between pro- and anti-government forces. Fighting has again intensified in western cities such as Misrata, Zlitan, and the oil-city of Brega. Fighting has also reignited in Zawyia, 30 km west of Tripoli.
Reporting period (19 May – 01 June 2011)
Highlights: - The general situation in Libya continues to be extremely volatile and insecure in certain pockets of conflict, such as the western Nafusa mountains, and Human Rights Watch reports that the Gaddafi forces are shelling towns on a daily basis. Reliable information is an ongoing problem however, and it is difficult to verify incidents. Serious protection concerns, particularly for women and children remain.
By Priyanka Pruthi
NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2011 – Their tents have been torched, their belongings looted and a temporary school for their children destroyed. Staying out in the open, amidst the charred remains of all they had left in the world, refugees in Tunisia’s Shousha camp are living in the shadow of fear and uncertainty.
Reporting period (08 – 19 May 2011)
The general situation in Libya remains extremely volatile, tense, and uncertain. Despite reports of Misrata having been liberated from the 12-week siege, reliable sources confirm that the situation in Misrata is once again deteriorating. MSF and CNN report that at least 10 people were killed and at least 30 were injured in the last days due to heavy shelling.
UNICEF is consolidating its presence in Benghazi, and is intensifying advocacy efforts with local authorities and humanitarian actors in Benghazi.
By Natasha Scripture
RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 12 May 2011 – Gleaming in the sunshine, the white tent of the new UNICEF-supported school at Shousha camp in Ras Jdir stands like a beacon of hope.
This week it opened its doors to more than 150 children, all of whom are eager to study and participate in recreational activities after weeks of uncertainty along the Tunisia-Libya border, where thousands of people fleeing the Libyan conflict have been coming and going since mid-February.
Par Natasha Scripture
RAS JDIR, Tunisie, 12 mai 2011 - Les tentes blanches de la nouvelle école soutenue par l'UNICEF, dans le camp de Shousha à Ras Jdir, brillent sous les rayons du soleil et redonnent une lueur d'espoir aux populations.
AMMAN, 10 May 2011 – UNICEF said today that although a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have made considerable progress towards improving the health of mothers and children, disparities within these countries persist, making this progress inequitable.