Drought, wars force millions of kids off school

KENEMA, SIERRA LEONE – AUGUST 25: A classroom of a school stands abandoned on August 25, 2014 in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Schools closed and villages quarantined after dozens of its congregation died with Ebola symptoms. Ebola, contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, has claimed hundreds of lives in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE world on Friday celebrates International Literacy Day but some 5 million children are out of school after conflict and drought in East African.
Humanitarian groups lamented that with more children fleeing their homes and with little humanitarian funding for schools, the region is facing an education crisis.
“The lack of education for displaced children could create a lost generation,” says Gabriella Waaijman, Regional Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
It is one of the organisations that have intervened to resolve the crisis.
In South Sudan 2,2 million children are out of school due to conflict. The country has the highest proportion of children out of school globally, with over 70 percent of children not getting an education.
Over one third of all schools have been damaged or destroyed.
In Somalia, 7 million children are not in school.
Over 40 percent of 6-13 year olds are not enrolled in primary school and 80 percent not enrolled for secondary education in Uganda.
In Kenya, 588 000 school age children need emergency assistance due to drought crisis. Over 1 200 schools are without water.
“It is incomprehensible and unjustifiable that little funding is provided for education for children in emergencies,” said Waaijman.
– CAJ News

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