Quality education should be a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a recent brief from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. Traditionally, development agendas for education have focused on increasing access and attainment; for example the MDG on education aimed to achieve universal primary education.
Skateistan uses skateboarding to engage hard-to-reach young people (age 5–18) in Afghanistan and Cambodia to promote education. Daily Development catches up with founder and Executive Director Oliver Percovich to learn more.
This week Daily Development will look at education in the developing world. Tomorrow we have an interview with Oliver Percovich, the founder and Executive Director of Skateistan, an exciting programme working in Afghanistan and Cambodia using the hook of skateboarding to connect kids, especially girls and working children, with education. On Thursday Alice Albright of the Global Partnership for Education talks to us about saving lives though education, while today we hear about the role of partnerships in the post-2015 agenda, especially partnerships for education.
As part of the continuing post-2015 dialogue, the UN development system is creating space and opportunities for interested groups and individuals to contribute specific ideas and proposals for the implementation of the post-2015 agenda in their countries and at a global level.
This year, the theme of World Health Day on 7 April was “vector-borne diseases.” To many people living in Europe or North America, this might seem like an odd choice. But the fact is that vector-borne diseases continue to exact a huge toll on humanity.
Continuing with our health week dedicated to vector-borne diseases, today we focus on how Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is delivering quality treatment for Kala Azar (visceral leishmaniasis) at community level in Bihar state, India.
As part of our series focusing on vector-borne diseases, Daily Development talks to Dr Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), to see what can be done to mitigate the impact of such forgotten and yet deadly diseases.
Over the past 50 years, dengue has spread from nine to over a hundred countries, making it the most rapidly spreading vector-borne disease. The IFRC is turning up the volume on this silent disaster and advocates for a shift in approach from responding to isolated outbreaks of dengue to investing in long-term, integrated programming including community initiatives leading to sustainable behavioural change.
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