Crisis in the Horn of Africa
The Horn of Africa is facing the worst drought to hit the region in sixty years. Aid is desperately needed, as millions are facing extreme hunger. Children are among the most vulnerable to the food crisis. To learn more about the crisis and how you can help, catch up on the latest developments here.
One Year Later – Progress in Pakistan
Last week, the world marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating flood in Pakistan. As one year has passed since the disaster, thousands reflected on the progress that has been made. Unfortunately, schools suffered massive destruction and 7 million children are still out of school. To read more about how education has been impacted by the flood, follow this link.
An urgent call to action from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, this Huffington Post piece encourages readers to promote the rights of young girls. This comprehensive overview of the health crises that impact young women is addressed to men, but is a must-read for all. Check it out here.
Education Remains a Right Only for Privileged Afghans
Growing up as a young girl in Afghanistan, Noorjahan Akbar was held back from attending school. In this article, she reflects on her childhood and why millions of other female students suffer the same injustice. This piece sheds light on the factors that keep those in poverty, especially girls, out of school.
Mobile Schools Educate Nomad Students in Sudan
In Sudan, 8 percent of the population is made up of nomads, a population that roams across the land and has traditionally been against sending children to school—especially girls. In 2002, UNICEF started a mobile school program in the White Nile State to educate children of nomadic families. This summer, 110 children from six different mobile schools have become the first in their nomadic community to finish primary schooling through the mobile education program. Read more here.
Additional reporting by Arianna Davis.