CONFLICTS A BIG FACTOR AS EFFORTS TO GET ALL CHILDREN INTO SCHOOL STALL

The number of children and adolescents who were not at school fell steadily from the year 2000 to 2007. Since then, there has been little progress. There are 61 million children of primary school age and 60 million of lower secondary school age not in education, according to new data from UNESCO. More than a third of the out-of-school primary-age children live in countries affected by armed conflict.

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Education changes everything

Education is the key that can unlock the potential of every child and transform lives. It improves health, promotes equality and helps to end discrimination. But 124 million children and youth still don’t go to school - and hundreds of millions more are not learning. The world owes it to them to keep the promise of education for all. There are many obstacles, including child marriage, child labour, conflicts, lack of teachers and inadequate funding.

Some key actions need to be taken to get every child into school and learning.

 

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