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May 7, 2014
Safe Spaces for Learning: Engaging Men and Boys

NEW VIDEO: Watch Now! As a long-time educator, I’m proud to be working with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) on a new initiative to help teachers and teachers unions play a central role in ending the violence that …View More  > 

April 29, 2014
How to Get Girls into Secondary School and Keep Them There

Two new discussion papers by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative and the Global Partnership for Education By: Koli Banik (GPE) and Nora Fyles (UNGEI) Many government officials in countries all over the world ask, “What works to get and …View More  > 

April 21, 2014
More Attention on School-related Gender-based Violence

This post originally appeared on the Global Partnership for Education blog on 21 April 2014. Highlights from the Comparative and International Education Society Conference. Last month, I attended the Comparative and International Education Society Conference (CIES) Conference in Toronto, Canada. …View More  > 

April 16, 2014
Brain Development in Children: The Impact of Adversity

This post originally appeared on the UNICEF blog site on 15 April 2014. Eighty percent of our brain is developed in the first five years of life – and the pace and complexity of this development is never ever repeated …View More  > 

April 15, 2014
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Why Governments Should Not Ignore Young People’s Call for Their Right to Education

This post originally appeared on the Global Partnership for Education blog site on 7 April 2014. Plan International launches new youth advocacy toolkit. ‘It is such an excellent tool to further our advocacy and strengthen the movement of young people …View More  > 

April 1, 2014
Open Letter from Julia Gillard to the Co-chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

This post originally appeared on the Global Partnership for Education site on 31 March 2014. Julia Gillard Chair, Board of Directors Global Partnership for Education March 31, 2014 His Excellency Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya Co-Chair, Open Working Group …View More  > 

March 24, 2014
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From Zimbabwe: A Sacred, Solemn Rally Cry

This post originally appeared on the Kiva Fellows Blog Stories from the Field site on 17 March 2014. After arriving in Harare on Wednesday, I got started right away with Camfed on Thursday morning. Kiva‘s Regional Director for Africa. Cher, …View More  > 

March 8, 2014
Why Educating Girls Makes Economic Sense

This post originally appeared on the Global Partnership for Education site on 6 March 2014. We all know that it’s important to educate girls – it is the one consistent determinant of progress for practically every development outcome, from mortality …View More  > 

March 7, 2014
Meeting the Challenge of Girls’ Education

The approach of International Women’s Day always brings a welcome focus to the issues facing women all over the world – from violence and poverty to inequality and under-representation. It heralds a global conversation about global challenges – and, thankfully, …View More  > 

March 7, 2014
Women’s Equality Helps Progress Children’s Rights

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. I spoke to the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) East Asia and the Pacific Regional Chair, Chemba Raghavan, and asked her what the theme …View More  > 

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