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Syria's children need guaranteed funding to prevent a 'lost generation'

14 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Sam Jones

Unicef calls for three years' sustained financing for education of displaced children to prevent even greater humanitarian disaster

The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years' guaranteed funding, Unicef has warned.

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Up to 50,000 children may die in S. Sudan without urgent help - UN

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Author: Megan Rowling

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 50,000 undernourished children below the age of five are likely to die in war-torn South Sudan unless they receive urgent treatment, the U.N. Children's Fund has warned.

Nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now to tackle hunger, UNICEF said on Friday. "The youngest citizens of the world's newest nation are on the verge of a nutrition crisis," it added. 

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Emergency coalition to get all children in school launched at 2015 Countdown Summit

10 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

A high-powered group of global leaders, campaigners and celebrities joined forces today to get 57 million children into school and learning.

The Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action was announced at the 2015 Countdown Summit in Washington, DC, to pressure the international community to take action on behalf of children across the world.

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This Woman Went From Being An Abused Child Bride To A Mayor Fighting For Women's Rights

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

The Huffington Post | by Eleanor Goldberg

After enduring 13 years of physical and psychological torture, Berivan Elif Kilic decided to leave the husband she was forced to marry and commit her life to protecting other young girls from enduring the same horror.

When Kilic was just 15, she was taken out of school, married off to a cousin and gave birth to two children soon after, the Daily Beast reported. Though the legal age to marry in her home country of Turkey is now 17, the practice of marrying girls off is still rampant.

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Youth Around the World See Meagre Opportunities

3 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

WASHINGTON, Apr 3 2014 (IPS) - Although half the world's population is under 25 years old, young people in more than two dozen countries feel that their opportunities for educational, economic and societal advancement are limited, according to new research released here Thursday.

Researchers say the results should help to drive and prioritise both public and private investment in services. 

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