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World Teachers’ Day: “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”

Megan Testen, Fellow at GCE-US, 
World Teachers’ Day: “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”

Held annually on October 5th since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.

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Raising Youth Voices During COVID-19

Megan Testen, Fellow at GCE-US, 
Raising Youth Voices During COVID-19

COVID-19 has impacted the daily lives of millions of children across the globe. Nearly 1.5 billion children and youth in 165 countries are affected by COVID-19 school closures. As a result of these closures, governments have been developing distance learning solutions that aim to provide remote education while supporting students, teachers, and parents. Equitable distance learning continues to be at the forefront as school closures disproportionately impact the most vulnerable children and families. Currently, youth around the world are taking action to ensure that all youth, including themselves, have access to quality education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Race, a Key Determinant of Unequal Opportunities in Education

Shruti Nallappa, Fellow at GCE-US, 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global issue and has highlighed the ongoing racial discrimination against communities of color, specificically the Black community in the United States. Learn how racial discrimination in education negatively impacts students of color and what you can do to help. #BlackLivesMatter

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Digital Street School and the Impacts of COVID-19

Muhammad Ahmad, Vice Chairman MAPS, 
Digital Street School and the Impacts of COVID-19

An estimated 22.8 million children aged 5-16 are out-of-school in Pakistan. At present, Pakistan has the world's second-highest number of out-of-school children (OOSC), representing 44 percent of the total population in this age group. Punjab has the dubious distinction of having the highest average literacy rate in Pakistan of 61%, as it remains lop-sided with deep pockets of illiteracy. A closer examination shows that the provincial average does not tell the complete story and masks the poor situation in the southern districts of the province. In Rahim Yar Khan District, only one in three people is literate.

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Peace Education in the Early Years

Danielle De La Fuente, 
Peace Education in the Early Years

Children can be powerful agents of change when given the chance to succeed. However, protracted crises and natural disasters have denied an estimated 50 million children their childhood and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Children’s vulnerabilities are amplified in emergency settings, where children are often exposed to repeated traumatic events. They are at a higher risk of being exploited, sexually abused, trafficked, and recruited into extremist groups. Adverse experiences during early childhood development can have repercussions on physical, cognitive, and emotional development, negatively impacting future well-being and functioning.

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World Health Organization Releases the Improving Early Childhood Development: WHO Guideline

Megan Testen, Fellow at GCE-US, 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the Improving Early Childhood Development: WHO Guideline, which provides evidence-informed recommendations on improving Early Childhood Development (ECD). The purpose of the guideline is to identify specific ECD interventions and practical approaches that will improve developmental outcomes for children. The guideline focuses on the needs of both caregivers and young children, and identifies that the foundation for lifelong health, productivity, and well being is built in the early years starting from pregnancy.

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5 Reasons to Invest in Girls’ Education

Eliana Kovacs, Impact Network, 
5 Reasons to Invest in Girls’ Education

March marks Women’s History Month, a time where we celebrate the achievements of women and the strides we have taken towards equality. While there is much to celebrate, there is also much to be improved. Currently, there are 132 million girls who are out of school and do not have access to an education. Moreover, two thirds of all illiterate adults are women. It’s time we start investing in girls’ education, as the success of young girls and women leads to the success of society. 

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