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At first ‘playable’ UN conference, tech experts, gamers drive new ways of thinking on global development

3 March 2017 – Hands-free gardening for a greener future, video gamers using their skills to help achieve the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – these are just a few of the innovative and forward-looking ideas in the spotlight at the world body’s first ever ‘playable’ policy conference, held in the German city of […]

3 March 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

‘How sexuality education is changing lives’ – UNFPA



LUSAKA, Zambia – “I have seen girls become pregnant, become victims of violence and become HIV-positive, and I don’t want to become one of those girls,” says Lydia Mwelwa, aged 13 years.

“I’m happy they have taught us in school how we girls can protect ourselves,” she says.

A student at Kabulonga Basic School in Lusaka, […]

3 March 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

‘Determined young Afghan eyes academic success in Italy’ – UNHCR


At the age of 10, Alidad Shiri set off alone for Europe. Fifteen years later, he is about to graduate with a degree in philosophy from the University of Trento.

BOLZANO, Italy – Afghan refugee Alidad Shiri was just a boy of 10 when he set off alone on a four-year odyssey to Europe. Now […]

3 March 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Second Africa Day Of School Feeding Celebrated In Brazzaville, Republic Of Congo


Congo Brazzaville: The second edition of the African Day of School Meals was officially launched and celebrated on Wednesday 1 March 2017, under the patronage of the Congolese government, to the theme: “Home Grown School Feeding: Investment in Youth and Children for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend”.

The historic day was celebrated by the African Union […]

2 March 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

In Afghanistan, Raising the Quality of Girls’ Education for A Better Future

From World Bank

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A village girls’ school in Daykundi Province is raising the quality of education through grants from EQUIP and its own school improvement projects inspired by the program

Students are more enthusiastic about learning after the school acquired appropriate teaching facilities and materials with help from EQUIP

EQUIP has built schools, awarded grants for enhancing […]

1 March 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

From where I stand: “Their expressions when they created their first website were priceless” – UN Women

Via UN Women

In the small town of Tafila, in the southern part of Jordan, a social enterprise started by young Jordanian women is teaching teenagers, including girls, computer programming. As the world of work changes, education and training in ICT is critical in preparing women to seize the opportunities in the growing digital economy.

Young people […]

1 March 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Online Course Helps Aid Workers Help Women and Girls


UNITED NATIONS, New York – An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world.
“It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights organization in […]

27 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

UNRWA Comic Drawing Training: Explaining Big Ideas in Few Words



On 29 January, the UNRWA communications with communities team, part of the Gaza Field Communications Office, has launched its first comic drawing workshop in cooperation with a community-based organization in Gaza city. Approximately, 25 young women from all areas of Gaza are participating in the training which will last for one month and focus […]

27 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

“Empowering disadvantaged communities through innovative education” – UNESCO



Kiron Open Higher Education from Germany and Jaago Foundation from Bangladesh have won the 2016 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education for their innovative and inspiring projects.

They each received USD 25,000 each and a certificate of recognition at a ceremony that took […]

23 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

From UN Women

Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community.
My sister, who’s a lawyer and a woman rights activist, encouraged me to run for local elections. I hesitated at first; even if women are selected, they are expected to be a mere accessory. But I had worked […]

23 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|