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Learning Loss must be Recovered to Avoid Long-term Damage to Children’s Wellbeing and Productivity, New Report says

New recommendations from the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP) offer guidance on how to recover learning and prevent further loss, including prioritizing the full reopening of schools

School closures have caused large and persistent damage to children’s learning and wellbeing, the cost of which will be felt for decades to come, according to a new report launched today by the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP), co-hosted by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, and…

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COVID:19 Scale of education loss ‘nearly insurmountable’, warns UNICEF

In Ethiopia, primary school children are estimated to have learned between 30 to 40 per cent of the math they would have learned if it had been a normal school year

More than 635 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures. On the International Day of Education and as the COVID-19 pandemic nears its two-year mark, UNICEF shares the latest available data on the impact of the pandemic on children’s learning. “In March, we will mark two years…

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Children feared dead and injured in recent attacks on refugee and internal displacement camps in northern Ethiopia

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

“UNICEF is outraged by the recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. “The January 5 and 7 attacks have reportedly left scores of civilians, including children, killed and many more injured. “Refugee camps and IDP settlements, including schools hosting displaced children and families…

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    • Ibrahim wears his artificial limbs in the prosthetic centre in Aden, Yemen on 14 October 2021. UNICEF/UN0538380/
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Grave violations of children’s rights in conflict on the rise around the world, warns UNICEF

Less than half of parties to conflict globally have committed to protect children

This year has brought a spate of grave violations against children in both protracted and new conflicts, UNICEF warned today. From Afghanistan to Yemen, and Syria to northern Ethiopia, thousands of children paid a devastating price as armed conflict, inter-communal violence, and insecurity continued. Just last week, at least four…

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UNICEF Ambassadors, Supporters and World Leaders Turn Out Around the World to Commemorate 75 years of UNICEF

Around the world, royal family members, presidents, ministers, government officials and UNICEF representatives united with children and young people to commemorate the 75th anniversary

Presidents, government ministers, senior United Nations leadership, UNICEF Ambassadors, partners, and children and young people gathered at events around the world to commemorate UNICEF’s 75th anniversary this week. “Since its founding 75 years ago in the aftermath of World War II, UNICEF has been working for every child, whoever they are…

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    • Children in Rhoe IDP camp, Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 3, 2021. © UNICEF/UN0563516/Alhindawi
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Up to 75,000 people living in a remote camp in eastern DRC facing ‘hellish conditions’

The size of the camp – located in Rhoe, 45km northeast of the provincial capital Bunia and only accessible to aid agencies by helicopter – has nearly quadrupled over the last two weeks

Up to 75,000 displaced people – including 35,000 children - living in a remote and inaccessible hilltop camp for displaced people in the province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are braving “hellish conditions” without adequate food, shelter, protection, security and sanitation, UNICEF has warned. The size…

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    • Learning losses from COVID-19 could cost this generation of students close to $17 trillion in lifetime earnings
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Learning losses from COVID-19 could cost this generation of students close to $17 trillion in lifetime earnings

World Bank-UNESCO-UNICEF report lays out the magnitude of the education crisis

This generation of students now risks losing $17 trillion in lifetime earnings in present value, or about 14 percent of today’s global GDP, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures, according to a new report published today by the World Bank, UNESCO, and UNICEF. The new projection reveals that the…

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Statement by UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Director Mohamed M. Malick Fall following bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia

UNICEF calls on all parties to uphold the safety of children and protect them from violence

“At least 13 school children and four school staff are among dozens reported to have been injured when a bomb detonated near a school in Mogadishu, Somalia in the early hours of Thursday morning. The blast is said to have claimed the lives of at least eight people. The bombing…

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The West and Central Africa Region Among the Most Affected by Grave Violations Against Children in Armed Conflict

The West and Central Africa Region Among the Most Affected by Grave Violations Against Children in Armed Conflict

Since 2005, when a United Nations mechanism for monitoring and reporting on the six grave violations against children was established, West and Central Africa has been the region in the world with the highest number of children verified as recruited and used by armed forces and non-state armed groups and…

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    • Health worker, Lucy Addy, 52, shows a COVID-19 vaccination card after receiving a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 2021. ©UNICEF/2AMZIFRJZ2XN
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G20 members have received 15 times more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capita than sub-Saharan African countries

Ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit this weekend, 48 UNICEF Africa ambassadors and supporters unite, calling on countries to deliver doses by December

G20 countries have received 15 times more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capita than countries in sub-Saharan Africa*, according to a new analysis. The analysis, conducted by science analytics company Airfinity, exposes the severity of vaccine inequity between high-income and low-income countries, especially in Africa. It found that doses delivered to…