“The simple act of educating girls has been under attack for years. And not just in Nigeria.The kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls last month by Islamist militants has highlighted the troubling reality for young females daring to learn.”

Some of this weeks focus stories on universal education, threats and need for safety and access:

– Backing universal education, UN educational chief condemns Nigerian abduction: “We must never tire in supporting education as a force for human dignity and sustainable development” – Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

– The War on Education

– Not Just Nigeria: Girls’ Education Threatened Across the Globe