Posts tagged unesco
Posts tagged unesco
This new video from UNESCO shows how the organization is partnering with Procter & Gamble to help women rewrite their future. The programme aims to educate 10,000 women over the next two years in several areas in Senegal, western Africa. They will be learning reading, writing and calculating as well as about income generating activities.
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Monday is the World Day for Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.
Not sure how to mark the occasion? Ideas here: http://j.mp/k0rfby.
3 May is World Press Freedom Day which this year focuses on how media freedom has the power to transform societies — find an event near you!
In 2012, we remember the 62 journalists who died as a result of their work in 2011.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova:
We call on States, professional media and non-governmental organisations everywhere to join forces with the United Nations to promote online and offline freedom of expression in accordance with internationally accepted principles. This is a pillar of individual rights, a foundation for healthy societies and a force for social transformation. (full statement)
Although access to education remains a challenge in many countries, girls enrolled in primary school tend to outperform boys. Dropout rates are higher for boys than girls in 63% of countries with data.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)…
Tuesday, 21 February, is International Mother Language Day which is 2012 focuses on other tongue instruction and inclusive education
“Multilingualism is our ally in ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion and in combating discrimination. ” Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
2011 has been the International Year of Chemistry! During the year more than 35,000 children from 77 countries around the world have taken part in a Global Chemistry Experiment — launched on World Water Day on 22 March — aimed at testing and evaluating the water they use.
Take a look at the interactive map where the children have uploaded their findings.
What happens when Chinese and French art students come together on the topic of climate change? Powerful messages takes shape in the form of animated videos!
By Parvine Ghadami and Hiba Sha’ath, UNESCO-Iraq
Built in 836 AD to replace Baghdad as the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate, the city of Samara is an important pilgrimage centre for the Shi’a community, hosting millions of pilgrims every year. It is located on the outskirts of Samara Archaeological City, designated by UNESCO in 2007 as a World Heritage Site in Danger. It is renowned for the Al Askari Shrine, containing the mausoleums of the tenth and eleventh Shia Imams, as well as the shrine of Muhammad al-Mahdi, the twelfth and final Imam of the Shia’s.
In 2006 and 2007, the Shrine was gravely damaged by successive bombings, resulting in the destruction of the building’s golden dome, minarets and nearly all of the retaining structure. This wanton act of destruction against such a visible symbol of the Shia community quickly sparked widespread violence across the country. In the days following the 2006 bombing, hundreds of people were killed and some 200 mosques were destroyed in sectarian fighting, 50 in Baghdad alone. National and religious authorities, as well as the international community, quickly condemned the acts and called for a “full commitment to rebuild all the damaged mosques.”
Following the bombing of the Shrine, the former Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, stated forcefully the Organization’s commitment to work with the Government of Iraq to protect and restore the historical, spiritual and cultural heritage of the Askari Shrine as a “cornerstone of the rebuilding of the country and a decisive step on the road towards national reconciliation.”
In 2006, the UNESCO-Iraq Office began implementing a project for the restoration of the Al-Askari Holy Shrine in Samara. With support from the European Union, which allocated US $5.4 million for the reconstruction of the site through the UN Development Group Iraq Trust Fund, and the Government of Iraq, which contributed an additional US $3 million, UNESCO took on the task to restore it. The project commenced once the city had been secured by national authorities. UNDP joined the effort as a partner, carrying out related works in Samara to lessen tension and help restore livelihoods.
The project began with urgent works to protect and clean the site, classifying and storing architectural elements. It also included training for Iraqi architects and engineers on using technical equipment, and on follow-up and monitoring of the restoration, with training provided by Istanbul’s International Centre for Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.
Through these preventative works, the project provided short/medium-term employment to more than 600 local residents and strengthened national capacity to perform similar work on other damaged sites. Perhaps more importantly, the initiative became a visible symbol of reconciliation and cooperation between communities, demonstrating to the country that despite ongoing violence, there was a continued Iraqi-led effort to protect national identity and safeguard tolerance.
To leverage the work on the Shrine, UNESCO, in close collaboration with Samara authorities, organized a visit in February 2009 for nearly 500 intellectuals and religious leaders from Karbala, Najaf and Kazemyah, the most important Shia cities in Iraq, to Samara to start a dialogue of peace and collaboration with the predominantly Sunni residents of the city.
Currently an active site of worship hosting thousands of pilgrims each month, the Shrine has become a powerful symbol of social and economic renewal and the ongoing reconciliation process in the country, as much as its bombing was used as a powerful symbol of division. The message of tolerance implicit in its reconstruction is being transmitted daily to thousands, and the active cooperation between religious communities since the project’s outset has provided, even in the darkest days, a rallying point around which those who rejected violence and hatred could coalesce.
As Mahmood Khalef Ahmad, Samara’s Sunni mayor, stated, “National reconciliation started here when the people asked for help in rebuilding the Askari Shrine. What we have achieved here should be a clear example to other provinces in Iraq.”