UNICEF (United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund) had said that at least one out of three children including the young ones between the age of five and 17 residing in countries of conflict and natural disaster are out of school.
The new UNICEF report states the figure which amounts to 104 million details for more than a third of the world out-of-school population. It stated that “in total, 303 million five to seventeen year olds are out of school worldwide.”
In the report, it was noted also that one out of five young children from the age of fifteen to 17 year olds residing in disastrous or conflict countries have never partaken in any school activity or educational system, and two in 5 have not completed primary school.
The report titled, A future stolen: young and out-of-school, looked at the situation of the children and young people education from primary to higher secondary age across all countries, not excluding those affected by humanitarian emergencies.
The UNICEF Executive Director, Ms. Henrietta Fore speaking on the situation said,
“When a country is hit by conflict or disaster, its children and young people are victimized twice. In the near term, their schools are damaged, destroyed, occupied by military forces or even deliberately attacked, and they join the millions of young people out of school. As the years progress, they seldom return. In the long term they and the countries they live in will continue to face perpetuating cycles of poverty.”
The report called, on countries affected by complex humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises for investment in a valuable education from pre-primary to higher secondary in which children and young people could learn in a very safe environment. Appealing for less than 4 percent of the global humanitarian to education.
Across the world poverty remained the most significant barrier to education globally with the poorest primary school age children, this was highlighted in the report launched ahead of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The report also looked at the situation of the poorest children and young people to be four times more likely to be out of school compared to their peers from wealthy homes.
It was also pointed in the report that with current mode, an increase of eight percent the number of ten to nineteen year olds would rise to more than 1.3 billion by 2030.
And to this Fore said,
“Providing this future workforce with quality education and better employment prospects will yield greater economic and social dividends. This is a critical moment in history, if we act wisely and urgently we can empower and skill young people to be prepared to create peaceful and prosperous societies. The alternative is too bleak we cannot afford to fail.”