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28 Dec 2018 description
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Billy Briggs

We look at some of the catastrophes and outrages that caused millions of children to have their education disrupted this year.

One in four of the world’s school-age children - over 500 million - lives in countries affected by humanitarian crises such as conflicts, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

02 Nov 2018 description
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An inquiry chaired by UN education envoy Gordon Brown said action is needed to tackle the impact of war on children.

A major inquiry into the protection of children trapped in conflict zones has called for far-reaching and urgent reforms of international law.

There is a "culture of impunity" surrounding attacks on children in many countries including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and Myanmar, said inquiry chairman and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

31 Oct 2018 description
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Bombs and bullets, natural disasters, child marriage and discrimination - these are just some of scary realities that keep children out of school.

It's Halloween - when children in many countries dress up and enter the spooky world of ghosts and witches.

The celebration is all about having fun. But there are genuine reasons for many children to be scared today and every other day.

29 Oct 2018 description
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Billy Briggs - Education in emergencies writer

The Refugee Welcome Schools programme is being expanded and students are also sending aid to Syrian children.

Schoolchildren in UK cities are welcoming refugees and sending aid abroad as part of a European project to improve the lives of people fleeing war.

A pilot programme in Cardiff and Birmingham called Refugee Welcome Schools has proved hugely successful and there are plans to expand it to other British towns and cities.

26 Sep 2018 description
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Government ministers, donors and development banks all gave support to the innovative International Finance Facility for Education at a UN event.

A bold funding plan to get 200 million children into school took a giant leap forward when it was backed at the United Nations yesterday by world leaders, the business community and international donors.

31 Aug 2018 description
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Smiles on their faces and eager to learn, check out these photos of students on their first day back at school after the holidays.

More than 500,000 Palestinian children returned to school this week, despite a funding crisis that threatens the future of their education.

Around the world, millions of other children have also been going back to their classes over the past few weeks.

09 Aug 2018 description
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More than 150 million children are still forced to work - often depriving them of education, causing them stress and putting them in danger.

The United Nations wants to eradicate child labour by 2025. But with more than 150 million children under the age of 18 working, that's going to be a massive task.

Some countries and global campaigners are trying to push through measures that will at least make a dent in the appalling statistics.

09 Aug 2018 description
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The Safe Schools Declaration is a commitment to keep students and teachers free from the fear of violence and occupation during armed conflict.

With education under attack around the world, a mission to protect children in the classroom was launched in 2015.

It was called the Safe Schools Declaration - a commitment to keep students, teachers and their schools free from the fear of violence and occupation during armed conflict.

04 Jul 2018 description
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Hundreds of refugee children in Serbia are being offered digital education so they can stay connected with their families as they make treacherous journeys across Europe.

The project by SOS Children’s Villages offers children free wifi, access to computers and a safe place to charge their mobile phones.

The charity set up ICT (Information Communication Technology) Corners in Serbia and Macedonia as part of its emergency response to help refugees fleeing to Western Europe.

20 Apr 2018 description
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More than 55 leading brands have pledged their support for the digital system, which will target resources to humanitarian emergency projects at the click of a button.

Conflicts and natural disasters have left 75 million children around the world out of school or in danger of missing out on education.

In the wake of a humanitarian emergency, getting children back into the classroom quickly is crucial for their safety and in helping them to deal with the trauma.

11 Apr 2018 description
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The ground-breaking Learning Generation report highlighted that 40% of employers around the world are already struggling to recruit people with the skills they need, it said “the ability to acquire new skills throughout life, to adapt and to work flexibly will be at a premium, as will technical, social, and critical thinking skills”.

11 Apr 2018 description
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A report published today by children's charity, Theirworld, reveals that pre-primary education receives just 1% of all aid going to children under five years old, putting millions of children at a disadvantage before they even start primary school.

27 Mar 2018 description
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We're looking at the five vital aspects of nurturing care for the under-fives featured in our #5for5 campaign - today the spotlight is on health.

Theirworld's #5for5 campaign has been calling for countries to invest in early childhood development - including nutrition, health, learning, play and protection. 90% of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are five years old, which means the early years are crucial.

27 Mar 2018 description
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Countries should be investing in books not bullets, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi at a child rights summit.

Countries should spend more on schooling and less on weapons to ensure that children affected by war get an education, a child rights summit heard yesterday.

The gathering in Jordan was told that a common thread of war was its devastating impact in keeping children out of school.

07 Feb 2018 description
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That's the average number of life-threatening attacks on education each school day around the world, says a new campaign aimed at British schoolchildren.

For most children in the United Kingdom, school is a place of safety and learning. But for millions of children in other parts of the world, school can be a place of violence and danger.

Young people across the UK are being asked today to think about attacks on education and about how to make schools safe.

07 Feb 2018 description
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Ghana's president urged African countries to take more responsibility as many low-income nations promised to increase spending on schools.

The global headlines focused on a passionate plea by singer Rihanna to get every girl and boy in school - and the $2.3 billion raised to help the education of children in developing countries.

But another story emerged at the major financing summit held in Senegal on February 2 by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

24 Jan 2018 description
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As world leaders meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2018 is shaping up as a key year for the future of education and employment skills.

For many people, the world right now seems more chaotic and on edge than it has done for decades.

Conflicts and long-running refugee crises rage. Unrest and extreme views abound. Poverty and persecution persist.

Leaders from the worlds of politics, business and civil society are gathering this week in Davos, Switzerland, to try to unravel some of those issues.

23 Jan 2018 description
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The technology giant will assist the campaigner's vision of getting thousands of underprivileged girls into school.

Technology giant Apple and the Malala Fund announced today they will work together to help the cause of girls' education.

Apple will offer technical know-how and resources to the organisation founded by Malala Yousafzai, the education campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

05 Jan 2018 description
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With millions of under-fives living in war zones, safe spaces are needed to shield them from harm, fear and neglect.

Children always need protection – but never more so than during a conflict.

Some are orphaned, many abandoned, most are frightened and in distress. They may be displaced, hungry, cold and left to survive on their own – which means they are at risk of violence, exploitation, disease or recruitment by armed groups.