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During a recent mission to Cambodia, Senior Operations Officer Aya Kibesaki sat down with Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sport to discuss Cambodia's excellent results in education over the past years and what the country’s goals are for the future.
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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 2015 (IPS) - Despite commitments by the international community to achieve universal primary education by 2015, funds for education have been decreasing over the past ten years, according to a report released Friday by the global advocacy campaign 'A World at School'.
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Across the globe, about 31 million girls of primary school age are not in school. And in Sub-Saharan Africa, it’s estimated that if current trends continue that it won’t be until 2086 when all girls will be completing primary school. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re honoring 15 women who are using their voices, leadership and influence to make progress for girls’ education globally.  This is by no means an exhaustive list – jus...
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Here she is. One of those gold-diggers. She travelled on a boat to steal our prosperity. She wanted to cause unrest in our society. Because that’s what they do, those refugees, they cause misery and destruction.

Look at her. She was probably planning to carry out a terrorist attack. Many people from those countries are Muslim, you know, so the danger is real.

But look at her! 

This is about people. Not numbers. People. Real people! Young people, young children even. People with dreams, hopes and aspirations. With fears. And with the simple desire to pursue happiness.

Here she is. In our blue Mediterranean sea. And she is not the only one.

A few hours earlier she was probably hugging her mother. Her mother would have said that all would be fine. Don’t worry, darling. A better life is waiting for you on the other side. The world will be a better place. For you and for me and the entire human race. There are people out there who care and who share. The world is not just about wars, violence and terror. No! There are some countries where people are rather lucky and happy, and they certainly wouldn't mind sharing a bit of that luck and happiness with us!

Look at her. In her pink dress. Perhaps her favourite dress. Maybe the one she would wear on her first day to school.

Unfortunately, her mother was wrong. Apparently, nobody really cares. Nobody wants to share. 

Sorry about Europe. Sorry we are doing so little. Sorry we are so late. Sorry we don't have time for you. We are terribly ashamed. Sorry that our stupid politicians in their infantile and petty narrow-mindedness don’t even have the smallest decency to leave behind their shameful xenophobic thoughts. Even not just for a minute to make the right decisions. Sorry so many of us voted for them. Sorry that they are not able to show just a little respect for this big human tragedy happening in our beautiful Mediterranean sea. It is happening right here, right now, at our doorstep.

It’s a shame!


Text translated and adapted from a text by Chris Klomp.
Picture from “Drowning for Freedom: Libya’s Migrant Jails” by Vice.com.
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U.S.- led education initiative: "Let Girls Learn"  - Mrs. Obama in #Cambodia  

You now will have a voice and you will have the training and education to use it for good," the first lady said. "Not just here in Cambodia, not just here in Siem Reap, but in the world. I hope that you all will feel empowered to do that.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to stay in school and take advantage of their education to demand greater freedoms and more equality in their Southeast Asian country.
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