• Education

    Saving Scholars Who Become Victimized in the Middle East

    by  • August 20, 2015 • Education, Middle East, Unesco • 
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    Khalid al-Asaad, the Syrian antiquities scholar beheaded by ISIS.

    Khalid al-Asaad, an internationally recognized Syrian scholar of antiquities, was beheaded by ISIS on Aug. 18 for refusing to disclose the location of archeological treasures apparently removed for safekeeping from Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most important¬†archeological landmarks and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Syria. This latest tragedy inflicted by ISIS highlights...

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    Rising Attacks and Cultural Obstacles Denying Education for Girls

    by  • February 13, 2015 • Education, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Schoolgirls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, who have benefited from a British government program providing monthly stipends of about $1 to keep the girls in school. VICKI FRANCIS/DIFD

    In the few months remaining before a new set of development goals are set to be adopted in the United Nations to replace the Millennium Development Goals, specialists in many fields will be drilling down into why some of those MDGs have fallen short — sometimes far short — of their aspirations, especially in...

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    Millions of Children Remain Out of School, Many of Them Girls

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Education, Women's Issues • 
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    Girls reciting Quranic verses at an Islamic school in Maiduguri, Nigeria. JOE PENNEY

    Positive trends in education have been achieved in 17 countries, where out-of-school populations, one-quarter of the global total, have been reduced by nearly 90 percent since 2000, says a new report from Unesco. But with progress comes a sobering reality: the goal of universal primary education by 2015 will not be reached. Millions of...

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    Girls’ Education Progresses in Afghanistan, but Will It Last?

    by  • March 30, 2014 • Education, Women's Issues • 
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    New school in Helmand Province in Afghanistan

    Since the United States-led coalition toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, education for girls has become more accessible in some parts of the country, but many factors continue to stymie its progress. Panelists discussed girls’ education in Afghanistan during a recent event held for the Commission on the Status of Women’s 2014 session...

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    Schoolgirls Forced to Take ‘Pregnancy Tests’ in Tanzania

    by  • October 6, 2013 • Africa, Education, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Chika, Tanzanian schoolgirl

    As reports of the scale and brutality of rape in India emerged in the last year, a secondary practice was also exposed: the high incidence of “virginity tests” by police investigators that doubled the abuse of victims seeking redress. Now, a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights has directed attention to another,...

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    The Glory of Self-Learning, Discovered by Children in India

    by  • February 6, 2013 • Asia, Education • 1 Comment
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    An Indian student in front of a Hole in the Wall education kiosk.

    Imagine a new world of innovative, inexpensive and successful learning, where dusty streets in rural towns in developing countries are lined with self-powered computer kiosks and children from poor neighborhoods have the same ability to work with new technology as children in richer areas do. That dynamic is the goal of new education policies...

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