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SPOTLIGHT Safety zones

In Nigeria’s Borno and Yobe areas, threats to education are imminent as insurgent groups attack schools and

years of education into nine months for children who have gaps in their learning. Safety protocols in schools ensure that students learn in supportive and safe environments. “When education is under attack, a generation is attacked,” says Charles Usie, country director at Plan International Nigeria. “Girls are more susceptible to gender-based violence, and the fear of this happening often forces them to withdraw from school. This program helps quell parents’ fears that classrooms are too dangerous.”

Plan International Bangladesh staff members join the #ClimateStrike march in Dhaka

kidnap children and teachers. An estimated 10.5 million children aren’t in school, the highest number in the world. In northern Nigeria, more than half of girls are out of school. The education-in- emergencies project launched 63 accelerated-learning classes that condense three


In March, Anjum Sultana, director of youth leadership and policy advocacy at Plan International Canada, was selected to be part of Canada’s delegation at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women session in New York. She was there to advocate for climate solutions that empower young people and dismantle the root causes of gender inequality. “Being able to influence from the inside is a career experience that you dream about,” she says. “It was also inspiring to collaborate with Plan International colleagues. We’re one of the few organizations that blend children’s rights with climate action.” Sultana met with other activists, including one young woman who said she was “just super passionate to breathe clean air.” “Isn’t that what we all want?” Sultana asks. “Being at Plan International and being part of the ripple that helps make that happen is worthwhile and inspiring.”


A TIPPING POINT FOR HUNGER Plan International is present in many of the countries bearing the brunt of the global hunger crisis, and we’re scaling up our programs to support those most at risk, but the need is immense and growing rapidly with each passing day. Our interactive map of 10 hunger hotspots takes you straight into the communities where life- saving humanitarian assistance is needed most.

IN LEBANON , thousands of children are missing school to help their parents put food on the table. Plan International is working to get girls, like Hiba, back in school by providing families with food and cash support.


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