UN / EDUCATION PLUS INITIATIVE

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The Heads of five UN agencies launched the Education Plus Initiative, aimed at empowering adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 02 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

02 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
“When that girl is equipped in her adolescence with information about her own body, about her sexual and reproductive health, when she can exercise her rights, when she is respected equally, that’s when she is better able to assert herself and her future changes. She can make better a decision about her own life, to participate in the life of her community, and to lead and to transform her world.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, Executive Director, UN Women:
“If they marry off early, they actually marry in poverty. They will then start the next generation of poor people. Their offspring and their family will restart the cycle of poverty again. And we seek to collaborate in this initiative to intervene as early as possible by making sure that the girl will stay in school and complete her secondary education.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme against HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“Additional interventions, what we call the plus to education, to a girl staying in school up to the the end of high school are, comprehensive sexuality education, because we know when that is there, when a girl knows her choices and understands her body, she takes control and she is safe. Secondly, sexual reproductive health services that works for her. Third, removing violence, sexual violence, gender-based violence in the school space, tackling toxic masculinity among boys and providing school to work transition skills.”
8. Wide shot, dais
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
“Adolescent girls are a tremendous engine of progress. They drive economies, they transform communities, and they lead change in the world. But only if we give them a chance. Only if we support them with the right resources and support. As you have been hearing, ending child marriage, preventing abuse and violence, supporting their health at every stage of development. And finding new ways to provide the greatest tool of all, education.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
“The schools are not only places of learning, but ones that offer crucial social protection and essential services, from health to nutrition. And this is about girls not being left behind in this crisis.”
12. Wide shot, end of presser

STORYLINE:

The Heads of five UN agencies today (20 Oct) launched the Education Plus Initiative, aimed at empowering adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

At a press encounter for the launch of the initiative, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said, “when that girl is equipped in her adolescence with information about her own body, about her sexual and reproductive health, when she can exercise her rights, when she is respected equally, that’s when she is better able to assert herself and her future changes. She can make better a decision about her own life, to participate in the life of her community, and to lead and to transform her world.”

Joining via teleconference, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, said that when girls marry off early, “they actually marry in poverty.”

She said, “they will then start the next generation of poor people. Their offspring and their family will restart the cycle of poverty again.”

The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Winnie Byanyima, said, “additional interventions, what we call the plus to education, to a girl staying in school up to the end of high school are: comprehensive sexuality education, because we know when that is there, when a girl knows her choices and understands her body, she takes control and she is safe. Secondly, sexual reproductive health services that works for her. Third, removing violence, sexual violence, gender-based violence in the school space, tackling toxic masculinity among boys and providing school to work transition skills.”

The Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, said, “adolescent girls are a tremendous engine of progress. They drive economies, they transform communities, and they lead change in the world. But only if we give them a chance.”

For her part, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, said, “schools are not only places of learning,” but “offer crucial social protection and essential services, from health to nutrition. And this is about girls not being left behind in this crisis.”
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