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Save The Children: Children's Future At Risk


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Malala’s story also highlights the barriers to education faced by millions of children and young people who live in countries and regions affected by conflict, and in particular the many social and cultural barriers faced by girls.

The new analysis for this report by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA–GMR) for Save the Children shows that the international community risks falling short of its commitments to ensure all girls and boys are in school by 2015, with children living in conflict-affected countries worst affected.

“Almost 50 million primary- and lower-secondary-age children are out of school in conflict-affected countries among which 28.5 million are primary-age; more than half of them are girls,” states the report.

It also indicates that the proportion of out-of-school children in conflict affected countries has increased from 42 percent of the global total in 2008 to 50 percent in 2011.

The United Nations defines an attack as any intentional threat or use of force directed against students, teachers, education personnel and/or education institutions, carried out for political, religious or criminal reasons.

Save the Children organization reveals that nearly 50 million children and young people in conflict zones face these unnerving barriers to education every day, keeping them out of school and preventing them from reaching their true potential.

It also states that the number of recorded attacks on education has increased in recent years.

Global reports show these confrontations and acts of violence are widespread in a number of on-going conflicts.

Based on UN data, Save the Children estimates that there were more than 3,600 separate, documented attacks on education in 2012.

However, it has called upon world leaders to tackle this crisis and commit, protect, prohibit and preserve the education of their children.

“Protect education by criminalizing attacks on education, prohibiting the use of schools by armed groups, and working with schools and communities to adopt local measures to preserve schools as centers for learning,” states Save the Children.

It urges the leaders to cover the funding gap by increasing the current levels of humanitarian funding to education and progressively work towards reaching a minimum of 4 percent of global humanitarian funding.

The UN Secretary-General’s 2013 report on Children and Armed Conflict provides the most current and comprehensive global picture of the reality behind this practice in countries of concern to the UN, as reported and verified by the UN throughout 2012.

The report which focused on 22 country situations indicates that there were 3,643 incidents of reported attacks against education in 17 countries, 75 children and 212 teachers and education personnel killed or injured as a result of direct or indirect attacks on education.

There were reported 90 cases of military use and occupation of schools in 11 countries, 4 parties included on the ‘list of shame’ of perpetrators of attacks on schools and hospitals.

The most widely agreed understanding of attacks on education defines an attack as “any intentional threat or use of force – carried out for political, military, ideological, sectarian, ethnic, religious or criminal reasons – against students, teachers, and education.


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