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Mohamed Sidibay for Theirworld and Global Partnership for Education’s conference in Senegal,

Dear Mariela,

A few days ago, I asked you: what is the one question you want me to ask  world leaders?

It was a few hours before a key moment for the campaign to fund education – the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal, where I was going to deliver the keynote speech.

And you were clear that the biggest question of the moment was: what will you do to turn the decline in education financing around and ensure that every child can realise their right to education?

To be honest, when I sent you that email, I was feeling a bit sceptical. For years aid to education has been stagnating or going down. I’ve spoken at big events before.

What was going to change this time? And why now? Continue reading

How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries’ Economies*

Link to How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries’ Economies

*OECD Development Centre

Most children in UK’s poorest areas now growing up in poverty*

More than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty as the impact of cuts to benefits continues to be felt by the least well-off families, according to a new study.

*by , Social policy editor of The Guardian

What is a federal government shutdown? The Guardian explains

What is a government shutdown?

When the US Congress fails to pass appropriate funding for government operations and agencies, a shutdown is triggered. Most government services are frozen, barring those that are deemed “essential”, such as the work of the Department of Homeland Security and FBI.

During a shutdown, nearly 40% of the government workforce is placed on unpaid furlough and told not to work. Many, but not all, are non-defense federal employees. Active duty military personnel are not furloughed.

Why is the government poised to shut down? Continue reading

                                                            Video  of   Race to Freedom  Project

                                     Chibok diaries: Chronicling a Boko Haram kidnapping (BBC)
Photo of Naomi Adamu and the quote: "I write it [for] remembrance."
                                                        

Zannah Mustapha has helped to transform the lives of children affected by Boko Haram in Nigeria. He founded two schools that offer free education, meals and healthcare to orphans – and even the children of Boko Haram fighters. The lawyer also played a key role in negotiations to free more than 100 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls. Now his inspiring work has won the UN’s 2017 Nansen Refugee Award. Take a bow, sir. (credit: theirworld.org)

The children who fled Boko Haram (BBC)

20 years on: children in conflict zones are still being killed, maimed, recruited and abused                                                                                 

20 years on: children in conflict zones are still being killed, maimed, recruited and abused (theirworld.org)

10th anniversary of the Paris Commitments to end the use of children in conflict.
(credit: Theirworld.org)

A global petition to support the human rights of the Rohingya women and children. Mariela Baeva

Top-50-global-personalities-with-an-outstanding-commitment-to-diversity –
http://bnr.bg/horizont/post/100693941/mariela-baeva-edinstveniat-predstavitel-ot-iztochna-evropa-v-klasacia-na-ikonomist

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

One year on: what’s happened and what remains to be done.

Syrian refugee children in and out of school (data from TheirWorld.org):

At the end of 2016, there were 1.6 million registered Syrian refugees of school age in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

  • TURKEY: 491,896 in school, 380,000 out of school, 871,896 total (ages 6-18)
  • LEBANON: 200,000 in school, 277,034 out of school, 477,034 total (ages 3-17)
  • JORDAN: 170,000 in school, 91,000 out of school, 261,000 total

Will you join me in signing the petition to make sure it’s a brighter future?http://www.aworldatschool.org/safeschools

Good newseu-project-to-help-230k-refugees-go-to-turkey-schools (credit: theirworld. org)

The European Union approved a range of new projects worth more than $310 million to support refugees and their overstretched host communities. It includes more than $100 million of help for education in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan (June’17).

Add your name. Support the campaigns:

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/former-mep-backs-campaign-provide-education-refugee-children#.Uz5-uSyKDIV

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/former-mep-fights-bring-back-our-girls-campaign

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/opinion/malala-yousafzai-deserves-nobel-peace-prize

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/blog/eu-must-demand-safe-return-nigerian-schoolgirls

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/blog/syrian-refugee-children-deserve-chance-education

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/blog/eu-must-prevent-tax-fraud-financing-terrorism 

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/blog/schooling-helps-syrias-refugee-children-maintain-hope-face-conflict

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/blog/world-leaders-must-keep-their-promises-syrian-refugee-children – 08.03.17

A child in Yemen. Click to read more about how schools can be made safer for children, even in unstable and conflict-affected countriesMore than 80 of the students kidnapped in Boko Haram’s war on education were released to the Nigerian government. The president has promised to “spare no effort” to find those girls who are still missing (credit: theirworld. org).

 

Tunisia: Austerity bites by The Economist

 

Seven years after sparking the Arab spring, Tunisians are back on the streets to protest against a new finance law. The law took effect on January 1st and has caused widespread price hikes. The government claims that it had no choice: it must bring the deficit down to honour a deal with the International Monetary Fund. This has not assuaged Tunisians, who are frustrated by a stagnant economy. Worse, they are in for more austerity

RESILIENCE IN A TIME OF HIGH DEBT*

http://www.oecd.org/eco/outlook/Resilience-in-a-time-of-high-debt-november-2017-OECD-economic-outlook-presentation.pdf

*OECD

 

In numbers: Behind France’s two-year state of emergency – France 24

The pursuit of gender equality: How to win an uphill battle?*

Though there has been progress, gender equality is still a long way off. That is the key message in our latest report, The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle, released 4 October. As I write in this OECD Observer article, policies are changing for the better, but much more improvement is needed to close gender gaps in all areas of social and economic life. No country is immune. The challenges are varied: more women should be encouraged to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), for instance, and more men should be encouraged to do their fair share of unpaid care-giving. Women should be better represented as entrepreneurs, in public life, and at the highest levels of the private sector.

There’s a lot to do, but we believe there is cause for optimism. Continue reading

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