Major funding will help educate girls in rural Afghanistan – along with the story of an eight-year-old schoolboy who wrote a book and became a library hit.
Community classes for rural Afghan children
Major funding will enable more than 260,000 Afghan children – 60% of them girls – to attend community education classes in rural areas.
Asian Development Bank grants will ensure people have enough food and help maintain health and education services.
The funding will enable UNICEF to strengthen 10,000 community education classrooms. They use the same curriculum as public schools but are funded by development partners and supervised by village chiefs.
The UN agency will also provide professional development programs for 10,000 community education teachers and support the development of female secondary school teachers. Stationery, textbooks and other learning materials will be provided to 785,000 public school first graders.
Dillon’s Library Book Adventure
An American schoolboy who wrote a book and slipped it onto the shelves of his local library has made headlines, after his story became a big hit and inspired other children to write their own.
Eight-year-old Dillon Helbig, a sophomore from Boise, Idaho, wrote and illustrated the 81 pages of The Adventures of Dillon’s Crismis. During a visit to the library with his grandmother, he put it next to other books.
Director Alex Hartman found the book, read it to his own child, and then added it to the official list of books in the collection. There is currently a long waiting list for this. Alex said: “It deserves a place on our library shelves. It’s a good story.
When local media reported the story, Dillon’s classmates said they wanted to write their own books. He added: “They said it was really cool.”
The crisis in Lebanon kills hopes for education
According to a report by UNICEF, the economic crisis in Lebanon is forcing more and more young people to drop out of school and accept low-paid, irregular and informal work just to survive and help feed their families.
School enrollment has fallen from 60% in 2020-2021 to 43% in the current school year – and 31% of young people are not in any type of education, employment or training.
The report says 13% of families sent children under 18 to work as a coping strategy. He warned that this could increase if the country’s economic situation worsens.
“Young people in Lebanon urgently need support. Investments are needed to ensure that financial challenges do not prevent them from getting the education and skills they need to find decent work and contribute to Lebanon’s stability and prosperity,” said Ettie Higgins of UNICEF Lebanon.
Boost to school meals for Libyan students
Thousands of children in rural areas of Libya will have better chances to continue their education and be better prepared to learn thanks to a project to provide them with nutritious school meals.
The World Food Program is working with the Ministry of Education to support a centralized kitchen in Benghazi that will use local produce and hire youth from the community.
“This is an important step for the children who live in the most rural areas of Libya. An investment in school feeding is an investment in a child’s health, education and future as well as in the future of the nation,” said Rawad Halabi, WFP Representative and Country Director in Libya. .
For local communities, smallholder farmers and traders, the project will generate income at a time when Libya is feeling the economic impact of the pandemic.
Teacher vaccination rates vary widely
Portugal, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries where 100% of teachers are fully vaccinated, according to new data.
But the rates in Algeria and Venezuela were only 9% and 12% in September 2021, according to a joint project by UNESCO and the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030. They consider that they are fully vaccinated as having received a dose from Johnson and Johnson. vaccine or two doses of another.
Not surprisingly, high-income countries tend to have the highest proportions of fully vaccinated teachers, including 98% in Chile, 97% in Sweden and 96% in Saudi Arabia. Some middle- and low-income countries that place teachers in the first priority group for vaccines also have high numbers, such as 99% in Morocco and 95% in Cambodia.
However, the data shows that only 19 countries have done so. Teachers were not assigned to any priority group in 29% of countries – including almost half of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.