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Events in 2019

                                        cover photo, Image may contain: text The Economist Open Future Group
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Listen and reflect: Race to Freedom  

Read and enjoy: A Short Life Story of Saints Cyril and Methodius

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Children Under Attack campaign                       Children under attack. A girl stands in a damaged classroom in eastern Ukraine.; 2018 follow-up: – 02.02.18 Outcome: UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for providing education for over 500,000 Palestinian children, has received a big boost for its work in March’18 as new funding of $100 million was announced at the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference in Rome. – 13.07.18 Follow-up: Texas detention camp swells fivefold with migrant children


How modern families increase social inequality                How democratic is your country? | The Economist

Is this the future of health? | The Economist                      Daily chart: The retreat of global democracy stopped in 2018

Collaboration, automation, annihilation:                            The rise of the refugee startup | The Economist film

is your job safe?

What will be the biggest stories of 2019?             Africa: Islamic State’s next frontier | The Economist

The Disrupters – Tracking the traffickers

                                           Video  of   Race to Freedom  Project 

If Letters cost money… 2018 EYCH event   A Short Life Story of Saints Cyril and Methodius


2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage – Our heritage: where the past meets the future 


Be inspiredbe inspiredbe inspiredbe inspiredGet news and actions for youth's rights:

260 million children worldwide are out of school  -  #WriteTheWrong campaign

Theirworld.orgDuring 2018, we look at seven key issues for a lasting difference in the lives of youth.

 1. Donors to do more for the world’s poorest countries - help raise the $3.1 billion it needs to finance its work.

  2. Bigger emphasis on the under-fives - invest 10% of education budgets and aid in pre-primary.

 3. Backing education in emergencies - Education Cannot Wait to be fully funded to deliver education in conflicts and other humanitarian crises.

4. Action to make schools safer - sign the Safe Schools Declaration.

  5. $10 billion in extra funding unlocked - the G20 countries to ensure the International Finance Facility for Education becomes a reality, helping millions more children into school.

 6. Get all Syrian refugees in school - leaders to keep their promise, made two
years ago, to deliver quality education for every refugee child.

 7. Bridge the gap between business and youth - the new Youth Skills and Innovation Commission to make recommendations to put young people on a new course for employment and opportunity.


Martin Luther King anniversary: the US Civil Rights Trail

Famine in Yemen could become one of worst in living memory, UN says

Events in 2016

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Useful links 

OECD Migration Insights

Share the link with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and via email and ask them to help us get every child into school and learning.

Add your name. Support the campaigns: – 20.01.2016

2016 in questions

You spoke. They promised. Send Yalla’s message to world leaders:

Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured – The Guardian

Nepal 1 Year On: Watch the new 360 VR film!

The UN says it plans to deliver aid to about 150,000 Syrians in besieged areas over the next five days amid a partial truce in the country’s civil war. It said it was ready to help an estimated 1.7 million people in hard-to-reach areas by the end of March – 29.02.16

Appeal: I have just joined the campaign to give millions of children effected by conflict and natural disasters the chance to plan for a better future. How? By making sure they have a #SafeSchool to restart their education – and making sure that world leaders don’t forget their pledge to make a new fund to do just that.
World leaders are meeting at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul where the futures of millions of refugees and other children will be decided.
Will you join me in signing the petition to make sure it’s a brighter future?
BIG NEWS! EU aid to help educate more than 2.3 million children in 42 countries living in emergencies.
Global Citizenship Commission launches its landmark report “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century: A Living Document in a Changing World” – 18.04.16

On May 23, 2016, the Education Cannot Wait fund was launched – a fund dedicated to education in emergencies and to getting 75 million children back to school.

Events in 2015 – part I

Today’s international voices and human rights activists call for empowering women worldwide. Beatrice Lamwaka (PEN Uganda member), a writer from northern Uganda and Mariela Baeva, a former member of the European Parliament and member of PEN International Women Writers’ Committee, join activities for a project related to Two decades after the war in northern Uganda: former soldiers and abducted girls speak out.

Beatrice, upon her original idea, is building the book;

Mariela, having initiated Malala’s nomination for the 2013 Sakharov Prize Award, is contributing with a research and exchange of views related to Human Rights and #UpForSchool campaign.

Note: 2015 Year of Development – our project is contributing by considering levels of human development in a post-conflict region, existing vulnerabilities, and possible problem-solving approaches.

Location of the action: Kampala, Gulu Municipality, Gulu and Pader municipality – Pader district (northern Uganda)
Objectives of the action Overall objective: To document Acholi former soldiers’ – young women and children, incl. abducted girls – experiences during the two decades of armed conflict in northern Uganda and their post-conflict challenges.Specific objectives:1) The first ever, creative 1st person narrative in Uganda – participants express themselves via the means of art (storytelling, poetry, song writing, diaries, etc.); the compilation is processed, and translated from Acholi into English.2) To fill the gap that oral tradition creates, leave traces for the generations to come, and act as a reference data related to former combatants.3) To highlight the plight of former combatants, and provoke debates on the impact of war;4) To prioritize the needs of the most marginalised youth in line with #UpForSchool call to action – brief research work.
Target groups Former child soldiers and formerly abducted young women and girls; South Sudan refugees in the district.
Estimated results 1) An anthology of survival and resilience; Documented historical legacy and cultural heritage of the Acholi community.2) Trauma healing by art and narrative exposure.3) To raise issues for discussion and debates on the impact of war.4) #UpForSchool call to action and finding ways to further assist the participants – brief research.

Additional note: The international community will agree this year on the future targets to follow up on the work of the Millennium Development Goals as ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) to eradicate poverty by 2030.

Events in 2015 – part II

One Year #BringBackOurGirls

One year on, the man still fighting to #BringBackOurGirls



PAKISTANMore than 100 schoolchildren have lost their life in an attack at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, in December 2014. This was one of the most horrific attacks on school children in living memory.
We stand in solidarity with the students, teachers, parents, and community of Peshawar who are deeply affected.

credit: A World at School

GAZA: Half of ‘s 1.8 million people are children under the age of 18. Worries about their future continue to grow:

With over 200 schools damaged or destroyed, hundreds of thousands children across Gaza should have returned to school, like so many living in emergency situations. Take action and demand all governments protect schools from attack.

Gaza, a year later (24.08.2015). The Gaza City neighbourhood of Shejaiya. One year after the end of the war between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, not one of the nearly 18,000 homes destroyed or damaged in the area is habitable. Efforts to rebuild have been frustrated by a lack of funds, Palestinian infighting and Israeli involvement.


Gaza becoming uninhabitable as society and economy collapse – UN report (The Guardian, 02.09.2015)



We stand with Malala

Three years ago, Malala Yousafzai was targeted for her outspoken support of girls’ education. But not even a gun could silence her. In fact, it made her voice ring louder. Since her brush with death, Malala has made it her life’s purpose to advocate for the equal rights of all children and was recently the subject of the documentary He Named Me Malala, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim.

credit: Free the Children

Events in 2013

Events in 2013

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