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Press Statement Over 1.4 Million Girls and Boys About to Return to School

Press Statement Over 1.4 Million Girls and Boys About to Return to School

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Following Independence Day, a bright opportunity awaits the children of Guinea. Today over 8,500 primary schools all throughout Guinea will open their doors for the 2013-2014 school year. Over 1.4 million enthusiastic students, almost half of them girls, will sharpen their pencils and crack open fresh books. Many students will begin the school year in one of the 224 new schoolhouses constructed with the support of UNICEF in Guinea and our partners through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Fund, among others. Another 74 schools will be built by the end of the year. Throughout Guinea, UNICEF has also assisted in the construction of 30 community education centres for young children.
Following Independence Day, a bright opportunity awaits the children of Guinea. Today over 8,500 primary schools all throughout Guinea will open their doors for the 2013-2014 school year. Over 1.4 million enthusiastic students, almost half of them girls, will sharpen their pencils and crack open fresh books. Many students will begin the school year in one of the 224 new schoolhouses constructed with the support of UNICEF in Guinea and our partners through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Fund, among others. Another 74 schools will be built by the end of the year. Throughout Guinea, UNICEF has also assisted in the construction of 30 community education centres for young children.

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Statement by the Representative of UNICEF Guinea: Over 1.4 million girls and boys about to return to school
CONAKRY, October 3, 2013 – Following Independence Day, a bright opportunity awaits the children of Guinea. Today over 8,500 primary schools all throughout Guinea will open their doors for the 20132014 school year. Over 1.4 million enthusiastic students, almost half of them girls, will sharpen their pencils and crack open fresh books. Many students will begin the school year in one of the 224 new schoolhouses constructed with the support of UNICEF in Guinea and our partners through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Fund, among others. Another 74 schools will be built by the end of the year. Throughout Guinea, UNICEF has also assisted in the construction of 30 community education centres for young children. These new schoolhouses have separate latrines for girls and boys and are equipped with child-friendly desks and chairs. In addition to the new facilities, UNICEF and our partners in Government have procured schools supplies including: exercise books, notebooks, pens and pencils, backpacks and math boxes and facilitated their distribution to over 200,000 children. Of course, no pupils could learn without good teachers---which is why we are training over 1,500 teachers, complementing the Government efforts to train over 15,000 teachers who need supplementary support. UNICEF in Guinea places a great importance on community involvement in children’s education. Over the next few days, millions of Guineans will receive text or SMS messages from all telephone companies in the country including: “I am 6 years old; bring me to school on October 3rd! It is my right!” or “Dear parents of children 6 years old and older, make Back to School a priority! It is a duty for parents”. This reminds communities of their obligation to children’s education. There have also been public service announcements running on local radios in many of the national languages. UNICEF is also supporting the Government of Guinea to provide education, even in emergency situations such as flooding in Kankan and Kindia and conflict in the Forestry region of N’zerekore. Moving forward, UNICEF in Guinea will be working toward enrolling the remaining school-age girls and boys currently out of school. We will provide women community social advocates with motorcycles to allow them to reach these children in remote villages. It is our goal to see that all Guinean children learn in a safe and stimulating environment so that they can build a better future for themselves, their communities, and their world. Please join me in wishing them a successful school year. Mohamed Ayoya, MD, PhD Representative UNICEF Guinea For further information, please contact: Timothy La Rose tlarose@unicef.org (+224) 631 70 14 60/61 Communication Specialist UNICEF Guinea Conakry

Almamy Barry UNICEF-Guinée Conakry abarry@unicef.org (+224) 622 344 869 Follow UNICEF Guinea: http://www.twitter.com/unicefguinea http://www.facebook.com/unicefguinee

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