Teaching in Pakistan's conservative society, a risky business

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Pakistani girls in class at the Government Girls Primary School in Thehlaknike, Pakistan

The value of educating a girl is not well understood in conservative areas of Pakistan, according to the Director of the Khushal School and College in Swat.   Mariam Khalique is also a teacher of Malala Yousafzai, the student and education activist shot by the Taliban last year. The Taliban used to control Swat Valley, in northwestern Pakistan, enforcing Islamic law until Pakistani forces drove them out.  Ms. Khalique told UNICEF's Alex Goldmark what lessons can be learned from Malala's tragic shooting.

Wowen becoming micro-entrepreneurs (Photo : UNDP/Elena Ganan)

World needs new, innovative financing strategies to drive development

More than a decade has passed since the adoption of the Monterrey Consensus, a commitment by nations to provide the means to "attack poverty worldwide", according to the World Bank. Heads of State at the UN conference pledged to fund the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), enable conditions for freer trade, more foreign investment, debt relief and efficient government.  Although great strides have been made in reducing poverty worldwide, the multiple global crises of the past years have affected the ability of developing countries to mobilize finance for their development.  Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The Buntoi village in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Indonesian community breaks ground by housing climate change centre

A community of fishermen and rubber tappers is breaking ground by housing the first Climate Communications Centre in the archipelagic nation of Indonesia.  Workmen have been racing against the clock to complete work on a site where people from across the province can meet, or connect by internet, to share traditional knowledge and benefit from global expertise on forests.  The Buntoi village is a mostly ethnic Dayak community of some 2,700 people in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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