Education

School tries to heal the divide in northern Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, 18 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State in April by Boko Haram militants, and a so far unsuccessful high-profile campaign to free them, exemplifies the insecurity-driven education crisis in the area. full report

Analysis: Why child marriage persists in Nepal

SURKHET, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - At age 33, Rami Biswokarma has been married for 20 years. Her village of Kateghari in Nepal’s western Surkhet District has seen multiple campaigns against child marriage, but she says little has changed. full report

Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence

YANGON, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured. full report

Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa

DAKAR, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness. full report

Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants

NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so. full report

Kenyan police operation strands 300 children

NAIROBI, 20 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported to be held in a Nairobi stadium used as a temporary detention facility, without a parent or guardian. full report

Raising awareness of child sex abuse in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 16 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A low level of knowledge about sexual abuse is leaving Cambodia’s children vulnerable to harm, and a new report shows that despite sex education initiatives in recent years, a poor understanding by parents and children of what sexual abuse is, persists. full report

Guinea-Bissau’s tough post-coup recovery

BISSAU, 16 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The recent successful holding of legislative and presidential elections has raised hopes that Guinea-Bissau can move closer to the end of a two-year political crisis marked by international isolation and a devastating economic decline. full report

Soldiers in schools - the impact of military occupations on education

BANGKOK, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Global) - Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world - they might represent ideas viewed as controversial, the destruction of a civilian building that is important to a community inflicts terror, and a school reduced to rubble can rob an entire generation of education. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in. full report

Amid the violence, education suffers in South Sudan

NAIROBI, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The latest conflict in South Sudan has undermined much of the progress that had been made in education there since a 2005 peace accord between Khartoum and southern rebels ended decades of civil war. full report

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