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In Afghanistan, underground girls school defies Taliban after earlier efforts failed | The Washington Post

When the insurgency arrived in this patch of Paktika province in 2005, it did so with great force and little resistance. The absence of Afghan or American security forces meant fighters could wield weapons freely and threaten residents without consequence. The warning to girls went unchallenged. But word soon spread about the underground girls school — part of a shadow ...

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In Afghanistan, a new approach to teaching history: Leave out the wars | The Washington Post

KABUL — In a country where the recent past has unfolded like a war epic, officials think they have found a way to teach Afghan history without widening the fractures between long-quarreling ethnic and political groups: leave out the past four decades. A series of government-issued textbooks funded by the United States and several foreign aid organizations do just that, ...

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Bjorn Lomborg’s climate sceptic thinktank to close | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The much-criticised author and climate policy sceptic Bjorn Lomborg has told the Ecologist he is the victim of a vendetta after his funding was cut by the Danish government. Lomborg, working through the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, of which he is director, has been highly critical of proposals to tackle climate change. While accepting that climate change is happening, he argues ...

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Questions remain over military spending and arms acquisitions in Latin America | SIPRI

Rising military spending has minimal impact on health and education budgets (Stockholm, 24 January 2012) Off-budget spending and secrecy are limiting the democratic accountability of the military sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. This comes at a time when military spending is rising rapidly in the region. Nevertheless, transparency is improving and the increased military spending has not had ...

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US teachers offered support for climate change lessons | guardian.co.uk

The National Centre for Science Education (NCSE), which has worked for 30 years to keep evolution in the classroom, said it will begin offering teachers advice on how to deal with students, parents, and even school authorities demanding they drop classes on climate change. For more on this story, visit: US teachers offered support for climate change lessons | Environment ...

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PAKISTAN: Mutilated for venturing outdoors | IRIN Asia

PESHAWAR, 11 January 2012 (IRIN) – In Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan, very few girls go to school due to threats by the Taliban. “When I hired a tutor so my two older daughters could keep up their learning at home, I began receiving threats,” explained Salim Jan from Khar, the agency’s main town. He ...

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YEMEN: Changing the narrative | IRIN Middle East

DUBAI, 20 December 2011 (IRIN) – Aid workers in Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest country, appear to have made some headway in broadening the mainstream narrative to include the deepening humanitarian crisis. At a press conference in Dubai on 18 December, heads of UN aid agencies appealed to the media to better cover humanitarian needs which the UN says will ...

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YEMEN: Political upheaval likely to increase child labour | IRIN Middle East

HAJJAH, 6 October 2011 (IRIN) – More parents are likely to put their children to work amid the upheaval caused by months of anti-government protests in Yemen, government and aid sources say. Yemen is already home to one million child labourers, mostly employed in the fishing industry or agriculture, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour’s Child Labour ...

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Policy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights – Education a catalyst: a conversation with Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire | UNICEF

In 1976, Mairead Maguire was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her extraordinary actions to end violence in Northern Ireland, her native country. AUDIO: Listen now Since then, Ms. Maguire has dedicated her life to promoting peace, justice and equality around the world. She recently spoke with UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello about the situation of children in conflict zones ...

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