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Attacks on Education Worsening Globally, Study Shows

May 10, 2018 – Deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on schools and universities, their students, and staff have become more widespread over the last five years, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said in the 2018 edition of its flagship report, released today.

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Aid workers released unharmed in South Sudan

Ten aid workers who had been detained by an armed group since Wednesday, 25 April, outside of South Sudan’s Yei town were released today.

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Robbie Williams Unveils Five England Legends on St George’s Day for Soccer Aid Match

Monday 23rd April – Robbie Williams chose St George’s Day to announce a huge boost for his England team ahead of the Soccer Aid for Unicef match on June 10th at Old Trafford.

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Legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold To Provide Soccer Aid Soundtrack

20th April 2018 – Global DJ Paul Oakenfold has composed and donated brand new music that will feature in the credits and celebrity announcements of Soccer Aid for Unicef this year. 

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Statement on Safe Schools Declaration by Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director

19 April – We wholeheartedly welcome the UK government’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration today. UNICEF has been working to end the shameful use of schools as a weapon of war.

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Kevin Pietersen to Play Against England in Soccer Aid For Unicef Match at Old Trafford

16th April 2018 – Kevin Pietersen, one of the greatest batsmen in English cricket history, today makes a sensational change of allegiance as he announces he will play for the Soccer Aid World XI side against England in this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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Soccer Aid Goes Dutch As Stam, Van Der Sar And Kluivert All Sign-Up To Play At Old Trafford

12th April 2018 – Three of Holland’s most decorated players have announced they will take part in Soccer Aid for Unicef this summer. Patrick Kluivert will make his debut for the Soccer Aid World XI, with Jaap Stam returning at the heart of the defence in front of goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who has also starred previously.

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Paddy McGuinness, Yaya Touré and Michael Owen to Play in Soccer Aid for Unicef Match at Old Trafford

9th April 2018 – ITV presenter Paddy McGuinness has joined Premier League winners Yaya Touré and Michael Owen as the latest star names to confirm they will play in the Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Old Trafford, on Sunday 10th June.

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Mark Wright makes heroic return to England in Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Old Trafford in June

6th April 2016 - Mark Wright makes return to England in Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Old Trafford in June as UK Government matches every pound raised

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Olly Murs to Receive Fifth Cap for England In Soccer Aid for Unicef Match at Old Trafford in June

29th March 2018 – Olly Murs, singer songwriter and all-round TV favourite, shared his excitement with fans today at being picked for Robbie’s England, for the fifth consecutive time, in this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Indonesia to meet children tackling violence and bullying in the classroom

28 March 2018 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Indonesia this week to meet children who have experienced classroom violence and bullying, and to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is supporting anti-bullying programmes in schools.

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Brendan Cole Swaps Dancing Shoes for Football Boots as he Prepares for ITV Debut in Soccer Aid for Unicef Match at Old Trafford in June

27th March 2018 – Brendan Cole, former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer and TV personality, has today announced he will be taking part in this year’s eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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1 million children in Idlib at increased risk due to violence and Reports of 17 children killed in Idlib, in north west Syria

23 March 2018-  Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The war on children in Syria continues relentlessly and with no mercy.

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Unicef NEXTGen London Doubles Fundraising Total to £2m

15 March 2018 – Today, Unicef Next Generation London, an innovative fundraising group based in the capital, announces it has raised more than £2 million for Unicef, supporting their vital work for the children of Syria.

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Toxic air pollution in the UK putting children’s lives at risk

15 March 2018 - The joint Select Committees report on improving air quality has found that current air pollution levels in the UK are threatening to cause a children’s health crisis.

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Sir Mo Farah Becomes First England Player to Sign for Soccer Aid For Unicef And Will Finally Go Head-To-Head With Usain Bolt At Old Trafford In June

15th March 2018 – Sir Mo Farah has today announced he will play for England in this year’s eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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No end in sight to seven years of war in Syria: children with disabilities at risk of exclusion

12 March 2018 – With no end in sight to the war in Syria, children with disabilities risk being excluded and forgotten. The conflict in Syria continued unabated through 2017, killing the highest ever number of children – 50 per cent more than in 2016.

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UNHCR and UNICEF chiefs, on joint visit to Lebanon, call for more action to protect and empower Syrian refugee women and girls as world marks International Women’s Day

8 March 2018 – With women and girls making up more than half of the registered Syrian refugee population in Lebanon, and with nearly 40 per cent of refugee households in the country headed by women, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, called for stronger action to protect and empower women refugees.

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Usain Bolt To Play First Official Football Match At Old Trafford For Soccer Aid For Unicef

27th February 2018 – Olympic hero Usain Bolt and global popstar Robbie Williams today announced on social media that they will go head-to-head for the eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match, as part of a new look charity campaign for Unicef UK and ITV.

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Statement from Deputy Executive Director: Government misses opportunity to reunite refugee families in the UK

22 February 2018 - Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK, statement following today's Westminster Hall Debate, which offered a crucial opportunity for the government to announce a much needed change to its immigration rules.

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