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$130 billion a year wasted on poor quality education

A quarter of a billion children worldwide are failing to learn basic reading and maths skills in an education crisis that costs governments $129 billion annually, the UN's cultural agency warned in a report Wednesday. Inadequate teaching across the world has left a legacy of illiteracy more widespread than previously thought, UNESCO said in its annual monitoring report. It said one in four young people in poor countries was unable to read a sentence, with the figure rising to 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa,

$130 billion a year wasted on poor quality education

A quarter of a billion children worldwide are failing to learn basic reading and maths skills in an education crisis that costs governments $129 billion annually, the UN's cultural agency warned in a report Wednesday. Inadequate teaching across the world has left a legacy of illiteracy more widespread than previously thought, UNESCO said in its annual monitoring report. It said one in four young people in poor countries was unable to read a sentence, with the figure rising to 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa,

White House urges Congress to regain U.S. UNESCO vote

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice on Saturday urged Congress to allow the United States to regain its vote at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, which it lost for not paying dues. "Shameful that US has lost its vote at #UNESCO," Rice wrote on Twitter. "Congress needs to fix this. Current law doesn't punish the Palestinians; it handicaps the US."

U.S. 'working tirelessly' to restore UNESCO funding: ambassador

PARIS (Reuters) - The U.S. government is working hard to get Congress to restore its UNESCO funding, Washington's ambassador to the U.N. cultural arm said on Saturday, after its voting rights were suspended over failure to pay up. UNESCO's granting the Palestinians membership two years ago led to the United States stopping its dues and, on Friday, the organization suspended U.S. voting rights as well as Israel's.

UNESCO re-elects director general

UNESCO has voted its director general Irina Bokova to a second term in office, a spokeswoman for the UN agency told AFP on Friday. The Bulgarian was re-elected despite a tough challenge from two rivals -- the Djiboutian ambassador to France, Rachad Farah, and Lebanese academic Joseph Maila. "Irina Bokova received 39 votes, Rachad Farah 13 votes and Joseph Maila six," said spokeswoman Lucia Iglesia Kuntz. The 61-year-old Bokova, who was the favourite to win, needed 30 votes out of 58 to be assured of victory.

Pakistani teen shot by Taliban to headline UN Youth Assembly to encourage education for all

A new report released to mark the 16th birthday of a Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls says 57 million children around the world are not going to school, and half live in conflict-affected countries. The U.N. education and cultural agency UNESCO and Save the Children released the study ahead of Friday's first public appearance at the United Nations by Malala Yousafzai, who returned to school in March after medical treatment in Britain for injuries she suffered in the October attack.

UNESCO's "Memory of the World" panel opens meeting in S. Korea

The UNESCO International Advisory Committee on the world's documentary heritage opened a two-day meeting in the South Korean city of Gwangju on Tuesday to screen rare historical documents for inclusion in the U.N. agency's Memory of the World Register. This year, about 80 historical documents have been nominated for inscription, including two from Japan.

UNESCO chief visits 2 biosphere reserves in Nicaragua

Managua, May 9 (EFE).- UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova inspected two of the three biosphere reserves in Nicaragua to get a firsthand look at their condition, first lady Rosario Murillo said. Bokova, who arrived in the Central American country for an official visit on Wednesday, flew over the Rio San Juan and Ometepe Island biosphere reserves. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, official was accompanied on the inspection tour Wednesday by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Juana Argeñal.
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