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‘Back to Learning’ education campaign to benefit half a million children in South Sudan

The Back to Learning 2018 initiative will target the most under-represented communities throughout South Sudan

The fourth phase of the ‘Back to Learning’ initiative launched Tuesday by the Ministry of General Education and Instruction, at Freedom Square in Kapoeta in the presence of more than 2,000 children and their parents, representatives of UNICEF, the Education Donor Group, Save the Children, Girls Education South Sudan, and…

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Hundreds of children released by armed groups in South Sudan

An estimated 19,000 children continue to serve in the ranks of armed forces and groups more than four years after conflict erupted in December 2013

More than 300 children, 87 of them girls, were released by armed groups in South Sudan today, beginning a process that is expected to see at least 700 children freed in the coming weeks. It was the first release of children by any armed groups in South Sudan in more…

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UNICEF and Save the Children call for action to help children affected by mass IDP (Internally displaced persons) settlement evictions in Mogadishu, Somalia

The forced evictions have impacted more than 3000 school children

The recent unannounced destruction of several informal settlements on the outskirts of Mogadishu, together with the forced evictions of thousands of families living there, are having devastating effects on children, UNICEF and Save the Children said today. More than 4000 families lost their property and many lost their livelihoods, during…

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36,000 Child Migrants in Libya in Need of Assistance – International Organization for Migration and United Nations Children's Fund

This year nearly 15,000 unaccompanied children have reached Italy by sea travelling across the perilous Central Mediterranean route from Libya

36,000 migrant children are in need of assistance in Libya, figures revealed today on International Migrants Day show. Out of an estimated 400,000 migrants, nine per cent are children and, shockingly, more than 14,000 children are also unaccompanied.  This year nearly 15,000 unaccompanied children have reached Italy by sea travelling…

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UNICEF and Toya Delazy team up to empower girls in Africa

Africa’s child population is set to increase by 170 million by 2030, taking the number of under-18s on the continent to 750 million

UNICEF has joined forces with South African singer and songwriter Toya Delazy to produce a music video for her single Khula Khula (Grow Grow) from her new album Uncommodified. The aim is to raise awareness about the challenges girls in Africa face - such as violence, early marriage, exploitation, and…

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Japan donates US$3 million to support UNICEF’s continuing emergency response to the prolonged drought in Somalia

The funding will benefit 175,000 people over six months in Somalia and will allow UNICEF to sustain and upscale its emergency sanitation and hygiene work in settlements

The Government of Japan has provided generous funding in an Emergency Grant Aid, to support UNICEF’s ongoing lifesaving work for women and children hit by the devastating drought in Somalia. The US$3 million grant will fund essential health, sanitation and hygiene and nutrition services for some of the worst affected…

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Destructive impact of conflict on education highlighted in four-country African youth survey

Brussels event calls on African Union-EU summit to prioritise investment in learning opportunities

Unsafe or damaged schools, absent teachers and dangerous journeys to class are among the destructive ways that conflict is impacting the learning prospects of young Africans according to a new UNICEF survey carried out in four countries. Based on polling among 128,000 young people* in Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda,…

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Dividend or Disaster: UNICEF’s new report into population growth in Africa

Africa’s inhabitants will double from 1.2 billion in 2016 to 2.5 billion in 2050

The projected expansion in Africa’s child population will necessitate an increase of more than 11 million skilled education and health personnel by 2030, if it is to keep pace with the continent’s unprecedented demographic transition, UNICEF said today. Africa’s child population is projected to increase by 170 million between now…

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European Union support to UNICEF will ensure access to basic education for almost 15, 000 children in Sudan

According to the 2017 Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview, there are 4 million school aged children (4-16 years) living in eight conflict affected states in Sudan

As part of their continued commitment to children affected by conflict, the EU has contributed €1 million to support UNICEF’s Education in Emergencies (EiE) programme in Sudan. “I just visited the Darfur region. I saw how traumatic and devastating the conflicts were for children in Sudan, both for those fleeing…

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At current rates of reduction, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa

West and Central Africa includes six of the 10 countries with the highest prevalence of child marriage in the world: Niger; Central African Republic; Chad; Mali; Burkina Faso and Guinea

Unless progress is seriously accelerated, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region’s prosperity, UNICEF said today. A new UNICEF report card Achieving a future without child marriage:…