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21 Feb 2018 description
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The world is watching. But the people bombing the hell out of Eastern Ghouta don't seem to care about the international outrage.

Three days of air strikes, rocket attacks and artillery bombardment by Syrian government forces left more than 250 civilians dead - including at least 50 children - in the besieged region outside the capital Damascus. Another 1200 were injured.

The escalating battle for control of the rebel-held towns and villages is being likened to the horror of Aleppo, where parts of the historic city were reduced to rubble.

20 Feb 2018 description
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In scenes similar to the Chibok abductions four years ago, the insurgents raided a boarding school in the northeast of the country.

Students and teachers fled for their lives when Boko Haram fighters attacked a girls' boarding school in Nigeria.

In scenes eerily similar to the Chibok kidnapping of more than 200 girls four years ago, a convoy of fighters descended on a village in Yobe state late yesterday.

"When they stormed the village they began shooting and setting off explosives," said resident Sheriff Aisami.

16 Feb 2018 description
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Elaine Hunter - Early childhood development writer

Child-friendly facilities make vulnerable youngsters feel secure - and help them to develop through play and learning.

They have fled conflict and witnessed brutal atrocities. But the battle to save Rohingya children has just begun.

15 Feb 2018 description
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The cash transfer scheme is for vulnerable families whose children regularly go to classes.

Leyla Reshid remembers the bombings. Her house in Syria was destroyed and she fled with her family to Turkey.

Now her favourite moment of the day is watching her children head off to school.

"My hope for them is to build their own lives. Proper education will provide them an opportunity for a better future," said Reshid.

Her children are among thousands who have benefited from the European Union's biggest programme for education in emergencies.

12 Feb 2018 description
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As a summit on reconstructing the conflict-torn country begins, we talk in depth to UNICEF's representative in Iraq about schooling and peacebuilding

Children’s education is key to the rebuilding of society in Iraq and for the troubled nation to achieve a sustainable peace.

Ahead of an international summit that starts today, UNICEF’s representative for Iraq told Theirworld that schooling is “critically important” for the country’s future. Peter Hawkins said children are at “the centre of the reconstruction and rehabilitation”.

09 Feb 2018 description
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Students at the camp in Rwanda will be able to study after dark thanks to lighting which has been donated through people using fitness devices.

You arrive home from school. You get something to eat, talk to your family and settle down to do your homework or study your textbooks. Then the lights go out...

It's unthinkable in most countries. But that's the challenge for children who live in Mahama refugee camp in northern Rwanda.

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).

01 Feb 2018 description
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The islands have lost more than 22,000 students who moved to the US mainland after the storms caused devastation - but teachers' associations have criticised the plans to close one in four schools.

Hundreds of schools in Puerto Rico face being shut down in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

The governor has put forward plans to close a quarter of the islands' schools - 305 out of 1100 - as the United States territory struggles to cope with a massive $3.4 billion budget deficit.

26 Jan 2018 description
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The government said that, although it is close to containing the problem, some students must wait until health standards are improved at their schools.

Many schools in Zambia reopened this week after the outbreak of cholera that infected more than 3600 people and killed 78.

But some will stay shut for at least another two weeks until the education ministry is satisfied over their hygiene and sanitation standards.

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.

18 Jan 2018 description
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*In an initiative to tackle malnutrition, children at a charity's preschools help to plant and harvest the healthy vegetables then eat them for lunch. *

A charity in Malawi is growing sweet potatoes to ensure young children get essential Vitamin A.

The staple diet of nsima - a porridge made from cassava or maize flour - has little protein and very few vitamins, so the children are not getting the full range of nutrition they need in the early years.

16 Jan 2018 description
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The UN agency that looks after more than 500,000 school students has warned that a major drop in funding would seriously hit their programmes.

Cuts in humanitarian funding for Palestinians by the United States could be “catastrophic” for the education of children scattered across the Middle East.

The warning came from the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which educates more than 500,000 Palestinian children in 711 schools.

16 Jan 2018 description
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More than 60 schools were damaged or had to close in 2017 because of the fighting, say humanitarian groups working in the Eastern European country.

While conflicts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa make global headlines, ongoing violence in Europe almost goes unnoticed.

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists began in 2014. More than 1.5 million people have been displaced and attacks on schools continue to disrupt education for thousands of children and youth.

10 Jan 2018 description
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The start of the school year in Zambia has been postponed by a cholera outbreak that has killed 61 people and affected thousands.

Children, who were due to return to classrooms this week, will be staying at home until at least the end of January.

All public gatherings have been banned, street vending has been outlawed and nightclub hours reduced, officials said yesterday. The army has been patrolling the streets to ensure compliance with tightening restrictions.

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.

21 Dec 2017 description
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The education and development of so many children was disrupted this year by humanitarian emergencies - we look at some of the stories of despair and dreams.

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

About 75 million children are either already missing out on their education, receiving poor quality schooling or at risk of dropping out of school altogether.

16 Dec 2017 description
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The money will help "hundreds or thousands" of victims to finish education, do vocational training, or have medical and psychological treatment.

International war crimes judges today awarded $10 million in landmark reparations to "hundreds or thousands" of former child soldiers conscripted into a Congolese militia and left brutalised by the horrific experience.

12 Dec 2017 description
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Classrooms have been closed for almost a month now since the area came under heavy bombardment - on top of a four-year siege

Abdurahman Salah has one burning ambition.

"I'd love to become a teacher to educate children at a school that is always open - and they all become teachers and well educated," said the 13-year-old.

Sadly, Abdurahman's school and many other others in Eastern Ghouta are closed - shut down by the continuing and intense violence that has hit the district just a few miles outside the Syrian capital Damascus.