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Michelle Obama to Promote Education Initiative in Mideast Trip

VOA News – AP

“Michelle Obama will spend next week in Qatar and Jordan to promote her global education initiative for girls, the White House announced Wednesday. It will be the first lady’s first official visit to the Middle East. In Doha, Qatar, Obama is scheduled to speak about the Let Girls Learn initiative at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education, which draws education leaders from the region and around the world.”(more)

War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa: U.N.

Reuters – Sylvia Westall

“Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children’s Fund said in a report issued on Thursday. The UNICEF report “Education Under Fire” looked at the impact of violence on schoolchildren in nine territories, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya where a generation is growing up outside of the education system. “It’s no coincidence in that what we see in terms of our TV pictures, the tragic pictures of people crossing on boats to Greece and Italy, very much comes back to the Syrian conflict and (to) the Iraqi conflict to a lesser extent,” UNICEF regional director Peter Salama said. Refugees often say the education of their children is their top priority, he said, and many countries in the region simply are not able to provide that basic human right. The study also looked at Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey – countries neighboring Syria and hosting large numbers of refugees, as well as Sudan and the Palestinian Territories. Attacks on schools are one of the main reasons why many children cannot go to classes while many such buildings are now being used to shelter displaced families or are used as bases for combatants, UNICEF said.”(more)

UN: 21M Children in Mideast Risk Missing out on Education

ABC News – Staff Writer

“An estimated 21 million children in the Middle East and North Africa are out of school or at risk of dropping out despite improved access to education in the region over the past decade, the United Nations said in a report released Wednesday…The wars in Syria and Iraq, two countries that used to have high rates of enrollment, have had a particularly devastating impact. In those countries alone, some three million children are out of school because of conflict…”As the violence expands, millions more are at risk of becoming a ‘lost generation’ deprived of the knowledge and skills needed to be successful adults,” the agencies said in a statement.”(more)

Programme seeks women in technology for mentorship

The Business Daily – Okuttah Mark

“TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from the Middle East and Africa together with their counterparts in the United States for a professional mentorship and exchange programme.”(more)