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There’s girl power in the air as Julia Gillard inspires girls to take education seriously

Julia Gillard appeared alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Charlize Theron at a recent event called The Power of an Educated Girl. The event hosted by Glamour took place in front of a diverse audience at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, not physically far from the UN building where world leaders were meeting for the 70th UN General Assembly, but a world away in one of the poorest districts
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Financing Health and Education: Girls Driving Development

This week, world leaders have gathered in New York for the 70th annual meeting of the United Nations. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will see the adoption of the Post-2015 development agenda and the official launch of the Global Goals. Sarah Beeching organised a side event at the UNGA together with The Global Partnership for Education, UNICEF, UNAIDS and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis. The ev
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#YouthSummit: Young people are critical to the success of the Global Goals

On Saturday 12th September, hundreds of young people gathered in London to discuss the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a framework that will guide and shape the next generation. The Youth Summit provided the UK Government an opportunity to look at these Goals through the eyes of young people. The event, organised for young people by young people, took place at the Department for International Development in
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Report suggests children with disabilities are being left out of education

In 2015, the Government of South Africa declared it had achieved the United Nations Millennium Development Goal on education, by reaching universal enrolment in primary education, claiming that all girls and boys were in school and had completed a full course of primary education. A new report by Human Rights Watch has cast serious doubt on that claim. The report estimates that half a million disabled children are cu
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Celebrating National Playday: Why is play important?

Today is Playday, a celebration of play across the UK that takes place yearly on the first Wednesday of August. The event aims to remind us just how vital play is in a child’s development. It is a celebration of a child’s right to play and an opportunity for children and young people get out and play at locally organised events. The event is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Norther
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Financing health and education: Giving girls and young women a fair chance.

Women across the world are disproportionally affected by poverty and many are deprived access to an education. Sarah Beeching working for the Global Partnership for Education organised an event with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria at the recent Financing for Sustainable Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The panel was made up of Ethiopian Minister of Health, Kesetebirhan Admasu; Eric Poste
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Julia Gillard ‘Cautious optimism in financing the new global goals’

Julia Gillard, Chair for the Global Partnership of Education the former Prime Minister of Australia spoke at a roundtable at the recent Financing for Sustainable Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gillard began the talk by informing the audience of the urgency of ensuring that financing from all sources is made available in order to put us on the path toward achieving the new global goals fifteen years
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Aid in conflict areas: let’s break down the barriers between the sectors

This article was originally posted on the Ideas for Development blog and reproduced here with their kind permission.  For children in conflict areas, education can often remain elusive during periods of violence and for years after. What are the main challenges to address for the education sector in such contexts? Interview with Sarah Beeching, Executive Director of Oshun Partnership and speaker in the recent ‘Post-2
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Project Everyone: The World’s Largest Lesson

This September, the United Nations will launch the new Global Goals, a series of ambitious targets that aim to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change by 2030. Oshun Partnership have signed up to support Project Everyone, an initiative that aims to share the new Global Goals with as many people on the planet as possible; the target is to reach an impressive 7 billion people in 7 days. The last time the UN set t
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