Unicef: Conflicts hit hard on children - millions miss school
The unrest in West and Central Africa has forced 1.9 million children to leave school, according to a new report from the aid organization Unicef. As of June this year, 9,272 schools should have been forced to shut down their business - which is three times as many as at the end of 2017.
- The report is a call to action. This is a crisis that is growing in silence. Schools are attacked and closed, and those children who may be in greatest need of going to school will be far from being able to do so. It is possible to reverse the trend, but then we must address the problems now, says Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Vice President of Unicef ??who just returned from a trip to Mali.
According to Unicef, the attacks on schools, teachers and students in the region are intentional acts. And the result is not only a hard blow to the individual but also to the entire region.
- The nations will one day be built by these children. In Mali, up to half of the population is under the age of 18 - the country can only develop if the children have access to the development."We are not waiting"
Unicef ??now hopes that the report will serve as a call to action. Now all parties involved are appealing to the attacks and threats to the education of children.
In addition to this, the organization also works with alternative educational opportunities for the children in the conflict-affected areas. For example, a pilot project has begun in Congo-Kinshasa and Burkina Faso, where children who have never attended school can access school lessons via radio.
- The money to resolve this conflict is lacking and funding is needed, but we are not waiting. We must gather power now to resolve this crisis, ”says Charlotte Petri Gornitzka.