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Transforming Education Summit: Halt the crisis, or risk failing an entire generation

Just a few hours before the start of the crucial Transforming Education Summit, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday, warned that globally, only a third of 10-year-olds are estimated...

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Girls ‘failed by discrimination’ and stereotyping in maths class: UNICEF

Solving the equation: Helping girls and boys learn mathematics, a new report published on Wednesday by UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, has revealed a growing worldwide disparity in math

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Catastrophic hunger levels leave 500,000 children at risk of dying in Somalia

Catastrophic hunger levels in Somalia have left more than 513,000 children at risk of dying, 173,000 more than during the 2011 famine, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday.

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50 million people in modern slavery: No justification for ‘fundamental’ human rights abuse

Forced labour and marriage have increased significantly over the last five years, according to a new UN report released on Monday.

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Classrooms must be places of ‘peace and learning’, UN chief says on education protection day

Education is a fundamental human right and “an essential driver for achieving peace and sustainable development”, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored on Friday, the ...

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Many more children may die in Pakistan after floods, UN says

The United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Friday there was a risk of “many more” child deaths in Pakistan from disease after floods claimed the lives of around 400.

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UNESCO chief calls for transforming education, with 244 million still out of school

The bell is ringing for the start of a new school year in many countries, but inequalities in access to education are keeping some 244 million children out of the classroom,...

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Whole generation of Syrian children ‘might be lost’, senior humanitarian warns Security Council

“Irreversible damage” is being caused to the lives of Syrian civilians due to chronic under-funding of the international effort said the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for...

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Accidental poisoning of children by button batteries is on the rise, study finds

An increasing number of little children are eating small lithium batteries, also known as "button" batteries, that power many of our consumer devices, with potentially serious...

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Fears of widespread child hunger spark calls for universal free school meals in UK

Hunger will be the “single biggest challenge” schools face as children return to classrooms in the coming weeks, sparking calls for the government to introduce universal free school...

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Sri Lanka: Devastating crisis for children, a ‘cautionary tale’ for South Asia

Staple foods have become unaffordable, warned UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, George Laryea-Adjei on Friday, who pointed out that severe malnutrition in crisis-wracked Sri...

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Sierra Leone: Female genital mutilation ‘amounts to torture,’ impunity must end

UN-appointed independent human rights experts called on Wednesday for stronger measures to prevent and penalize female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone.

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Africa drought: Some children just ‘one disease away from catastrophe’ UNICEF warns

On Tuesday, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF warned that children in the Horn of Africa and the vast Sahel region “could die in devastating numbers” without urgent intervention and support...

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UN fund reports ‘solid results’ empowering girls and boys in crises with opportunity of quality education

On Tuesday, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, issued its Annual Results Report, which revealed that...

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War in Ukraine has left nearly 1,000 children killed or injured

“At least 972 children in Ukraine have been killed or injured by violence since the war escalated nearly six months ago, an average of over five children killed or injured each day.

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