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Saint Mary Primary School in APia, Samoa
Millions of children around the world are deprived of the right to education.

The result: One out of three children never see the inside of a classroom. UNESCO works with national governments and development partners to achieve universal free primary education and gender equality by 2015.
UNESCO survey finds under-privileged children also disadvantaged in the classroom
UNESCO survey finds under-privileged children also disadvantaged in the classroom30-05-2008 (UNESCO) - A new study by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) highlights the strong effect of social inequality on primary education systems in many countries and the challenge to provide all children with equal learning opportunities. - More

UNESCO launches discussion forum on textbook development
UNESCO launches discussion forum on textbook development27-09-2007 (UNESCO) - From 25 September until 15 October, UNESCO invites researchers, authors and users of textbooks and educational media to join an online discussion. This forum seeks to initiate a global dialogue on the role of textbooks in promoting peace, human rights and gender equality. - More

Workshop on improving textbooks in the Caribbean
Workshop on improving textbooks in the Caribbean11-09-2007 (UNESCO) - A workshop on textbook management and provision is taking place from 10 to 13 September 2007 in St. Lucia for English-speaking members of the Eastern Caribbean States. - More

Reaching the unreached through nomadic schools:
Reaching the unreached through nomadic schools:15-05-2007 (UNESCO Moscow) - In Siberia, Russian Federation, certain schools follow the reindeers’ migration routes. In remote areas and extreme weather, the herders’ children thus have access to education, with UNESCO support.

With the revival of indigenous culture, nomadic schools are currently undergoing modernization. Read more in the special feature article and visit the photo gallery.
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New UN report on right to education
New UN report on right to education02-04-2007 (UNESCO) - A new UN report on the right to education for persons with disabilities calls for intensified efforts in inclusive education.

The report contains numerous inputs from UNESCO and addresses the normative framework, monitoring and various challenges to implementation. It ends with a forward-looking set of recommendations.
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Education and empowerment of girls and women
Education and empowerment of girls and women08-03-2007 (UNESCO) - For International Women’s Day, 8 March 2007, the UNESCO Education Portal looks at a new education and human rights project that aims to empower some 2,500 young girls and women in Niger, one of the poorest countries on the planet. - More

Seeking breakthrough ideas in education
Seeking breakthrough ideas in education10-01-2007 (UNESCO) - Do you know of a breakthrough idea that improves learning and is adaptable to different contexts?

Tell the world by sending it to the Global Learning Portal, a UNESCO partner, before 26 January 2007.
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