News Archive

Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

The Council will discuss the UN Secretary-General annual report on children and armed conflict during a debate on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States. Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions.

Nearly half a million children in Gaza will not be able to return to primary and secondary schools on Sunday as the new academic year starts, UNESCO, Save the Children and UNICEF said today.

No fewer than 13 female Police trainees, and 22 male counterparts have been confirmed missing, after gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, launched a deadly attack on Nigeria Police Force Training School...

Eight universities across northern Iraq have been shuttered and appear unlikely to open soon after the sweep of extremist fighters through the region.

UNICEF is gravely concerned by the latest attack on a school in Syria – this time in Al Waer on the western outskirts of the city of Homs.

Why educators face wartime attacks and what can be done

Attacks on teachers and other educators are a disturbingly common tactic of war and a serious threat to education.

An important landmark in the battle for children’s rights will be marked today by the United Nations Secretary-General and celebrities ranging from Shakira to Lang Lang, all marking the 500-Day point of the #EducationCountdown to reach the Millennium Development Goals of universal education.

Almost a century ago Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children, said that the only international language the whole world understands is the cry of a child.

As the security situation in Iraq and Kurdistan continues to deteriorate, and teachers and unions increasingly become targets of Islamic State forces, Education International has reached into its solidarity fund to support its members under siege.

I visited a Yezidi village south of Dohuk last Wednesday -- a magnet for 60,000 to 70,000 Yezidis fleeing fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS).