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Malala Yousafzai Wins Human Rights Award

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Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan speaks at U.N. Headquarters on September 25 for the launch of the Global Education First Initiative.

— Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai! The brave 16-year-old education activist from Pakistan was awarded Europe’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Thursday. Malala, who was shot in October, 2012 for speaking out about a girl’s right to go to school, has been a tireless advocate for girls’ education since her recovery. In July, she […]

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Sound of Change Concert with Beyoncé


— I’m so excited to be attending the Sound of Change Live concert tomorrow. I can’t wait to see Beyoncé perform, along with a star-studded line-up that includes Florence + the Machine, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Timbaland and many others. The Sound of Change concert is part of CHIME FOR CHANGE, a new global campaign founded by UNICEF partner Gucci to promote education, health and justice for girls and women everywhere. You can join in by watching, donating and spreading the word.

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Global Citizenship: Teaching for Change


— Last September, I eagerly entered the hallways of Cesar Chavez Middle School on Chicago’s southwest side, ready to meet 25 new Citizen Schools students. The students I was about to meet had chosen “UNICEF: Be the Change” as their ten-week Citizen Schools apprenticeship. As a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellow, I had volunteered to be a Citizen Teacher to teach students about UNICEF’s work and empower them to take action for children.

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More than $5 Million Raised for K.I.N.D.


— Three years ago, while visiting Malawi, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell noticed that children were lacking one of the fundamentals of the schoolhouse experience: chairs and desks. So he partnered with UNICEF to start K.I.N.D.: Kids in Need of Desks. The program has raised more than $5 million to build desks and chairs for rural schools in Malawi. Watch a video to hear Lawrence O’Donnell speak about K.I.N.D. and announce an exciting new phase of the program.

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How to Talk With Children in the Aftermath of Violence


— When violent events occur, such as the recent shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, it’s natural to want to protect children from the terrifying details as they unfold in the media. Yet in an age of pervasive communications technology, it is impossible to shield children—especially once they reach school age—from unpleasant world events. There are ways, however, that we as educators and family members can help youth to cope with and make sense of tragedy in the world around them. Here are some suggestions.

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A Look at UNICEF’s Work in Afghanistan

Sitting next to another girl, Holia, 8, from the Jogi ethnic group, writes in her textbook at a UNICEF-supported community based school in northern Afghanistan. This is first time ever that they are able to attend this tented, community-based school. UNICEF supports this school with teacher training, incentives for teachers, textbooks, and other school materials. © UNICEF/AFGA2010-01093/Shehzad Noorani

— Recently, Vidhya Ganesh, UNICEF Afghanistan’s Deputy Representative, visited UNICEF headquarters in New York. Jennifer Lee spoke with her about UNICEF’s work in Afghanistan, which emphasizes polio eradication, child survival, and giving girls equal access to education.

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