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Ukraine war disrupts education for more than five million children: UNICEF

“There is no pause button. It is not an alternative to simply postpone children’s education and come back to it as soon as other priorities have been tackled, without risking the future of an entire generation, ” said Mister. Khan.   Afghan girls are restricted from going to secondary college, while a decree announced last month bans young women from attending university.  

No ‘pause button’ 

UNICEF added that where entry to the education system cannot be immediately ensured, host countries should provide “multiple pathways to learning”, especially for secondary school age children.   UNICEF is calling for an finish to attacks on education facilities and other civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, and for increased support to ensure children get access to offline learning materials plus supplies. This will enable learners to continue their education, and remain connected to their colleagues and teachers.  

Attacks affect education 

At the same time, many parents plus caregivers are reluctant to deliver children to school, fearing for their safety.   Universities provide an important sense of structure and safety in order to children, stated Afshan Khan, the agency’s Regional Movie director for Europe and Main Asia.   Missing out on learning could have lifelong consequences, this individual warned.   UNICEF issued the appeal on the International Day of Education , which is marked annually on 24 January.   “It is important that relevant authorities identify and overcome regulating and administrative barriers that hinder children’s access to formal education throughout all levels and provide very clear and accessible information to refugee families, ” the EL agency said.   Assistance for Ukraine’s recovery plan, and efforts to repair and rehabilitate schools plus preschools, is also needed.  

Concern for child refugees 

The particular UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO ), the particular lead agency for the Day, has dedicated this year’s version to the ladies and girls of Afghanistan, who have been deprived of the fundamental right to education within the wake of the Taliban takeover in August 2021.   The Global Day of Education had been established in 2018 and celebrates the role of education in advancing serenity and development.   The situation for children who have fled the country is also regarding. An estimated two out of three Ukrainian refugee children are not currently enrolled in host country training systems, UNICEF reported.  

Support within Ukraine and beyond 

Some of the factors driving this include stretched education capacities, while many refugee families have opted for online learning, instead of attending local schools, as they had wished to be able to return home rapidly.   UNICEF is working with the Government to help get children back to studying – whether in classes, when deemed safe, and through online or community-based alternatives.   “UNICEF will continue functioning with the Government of Ukraine and the host countries’ Governments to deliver solutions to help children in discord areas and those who have been displaced from their homes to continue their particular education, ” said Mister. Khan.   Thousands of schools, pre-schools and other education facilities within Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed due to the use of explosive weapons in the war, including in populated areas.   The impact of the conflict just compounds the two years of education lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and more than eight many years of war for children within the east of the country.  

Peace and development 

As a result, almost every child in Ukraine has been remaining without sustained access to electrical power, meaning that even attending digital classes is an ongoing challenge.   While nearly 2 million children were getting at online learning opportunities, and 1 . 3 million children enrolled in a combination of in-person and online learning, current attacks against electricity and some other energy infrastructure have caused widespread blackouts that also have affected education and learning.   In refugee-hosting countries, UNICEF is calling for prioritization of the integration of Ukrainian refugee children into national education systems, especially for early childhood and primary education.  


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