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Education for Displaced Children everywhere

There is an urgent need to fund emergency education for displaced children everywhere. In February 2016, world leaders convened in London, UK to make funding pledges to support the 13.5 million Syrians affected by conflict and have raised in excess of $10 billion. This is an excellent first step in addressing the impact of humanitarian crises on the world’s population. However, Syria is not alone. Continue reading

June 16: International Day of the African Child

The International Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children. On June 16th 1976, between ten and twenty thousand South African school children walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium in Soweto, peacefully protesting for better standards in education and the right to be taught in their own language. For hundreds, this act of defiance against the Apartheid regime was their last: police opened fire on the students and released dogs into the crowd causing pandemonium and loss of life with over a thousand people injured. Continue reading

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