International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October
On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170, declaring October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
2013’s International Day of the Girl Child will be celebrated under the theme “Innovating for Girls’ Education,” addressing the importance of innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and the engagement of young people themselves, as well as new technology.
World Teacher Day, 5 October
5 October is UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, a day on which to thank teachers for their work toward a better future for all and to support global education needs. For 2013’s observance of World Teachers’ Day, UNESCO and its partners (ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, and Education International) put forth the slogan "A Call for Teachers!"
At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the focus of the 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebration on 4 October will be on tackling the teacher gap, barriers to better quality education and teachers’ role in developing globally-minded citizens.
UNESCO Calls for Candidates for Education Prizes
UNESCO invites nominations for the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize, and candidatures for the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize .
The UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize recognizes projects that enhance teacher effectiveness; the deadline for nomination is October 31, 2013.
The UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize rewards contributions to quality education for persons with disabilities, prioritizing marginalized or disadvantaged communities in developing countries. The deadline for application is September 13, 2013.
Above image was retrieved from unesco.org, credited to shutterstock/tannewpix
Education in Emergency: UNRWA and EU Collaborate in Syria
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has been working to provide education and psychosocial support to the many Palestine refugee children displaced from Syria by the country’s long-running conflict. With support from the European Union (EU) through its Instrument for Stability (IFS) fund, UNRWA is offering summer learning and recreational activities for more than 8,000 children in Syria and Lebanon, and training teachers in the delivery of high-quality education to children in emergency situations.
See their study materials developed for grades 1-9.
Above image was retrieved from UNRWA website
Malala Day; Malala Yousafzai’s Appearance at UN Youth Assembly
Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday today at the United Nations headquarters at the UN Youth Assembly in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative. This is her first high-level public appearance since she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan for her devoted campaign for the right of all girls to an education.
July 12 has been declared as Malala Day, observed internationally for the first time today.
For a live video of the UN Youth Assembly and her statement, go to http://webtv.un.org/
Above photo was credited to AFP and retrieved from telegraph.co.uk.
The Indonesia Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) Project
This complete report and policy briefing focuses on the Government of Indonesia’s pursuit of a number of initiatives related to Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED). These include increasing access to early childhood education centers and developing and formalizing Holistic Integrated ECED.
This policy brief provides an overview of the ECED sector and uses findings from an ongoing World Bank-supported ECED Project to make preliminary policy recommendations to guide these initiatives. This brief shows that the ECED Project has had several positive effects, including increased enrollment rates and higher developmental outcomes for children. But it also suggests that these outcomes might have been higher if home environments were more supportive of child development. The analysis supports several policy recommendations ranging from the need to raise community awareness on the importance of early childhood development to the need for communities to raise funds in order to maintain financial viability of project centers.
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World Teachers’ Day 2012: Take a stand for teachers!
"Take a stand for teachers!" is the 2012 motto for World Teachers’ Day. Celebrations are being organized around the world.
World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels.
Fore more information about the day see:
UNESCO:Transforming technical and vocational education and training
This UNESCO study looks in depth at the major trends and policy developments in tVet since the second International Congress held in seoul in 1999. This work has two main objectives.The first is to analyse world trends in technical and vocational education and training(tVet) in the context of wider development trends since the second International Congress. The second is to advance conceptual and policy debates on tVet to address persisting challenges and to proceed towards future frontiers.
The work takes stock of the current situation and asks what policy measures might now be taken, in times of economic uncertainty, to facilitate tVet learning and skills progression by more young people and adults.
This study is available here for download in all the 6 UN Official Languages:
World Atlas to Gender Equality in Education
Although access to education remains a challenge in many countries, girls enrolled in primary school tend to outperform boys. Dropout rates are higher for boys than girls in 63% of countries with data.
The atlas illustrates the educational pathways of girls and boys and the changes in gender disparities over time. Some key findings shows that:
- Although access to education remains a challenge in many countries, girls enrolled in primary school tend to outperform boys. Dropout rates are higher for boys than girls in 63% of countries with data.
- Countries with high proportions of girls enrolled in secondary education have more women teaching primary education than men.
- Women are the majority of tertiary students in two-thirds of countries with available data. However, men continue to dominate the highest levels of study, accounting for 56% of PhD graduates and 71% of researchers.