EUROPE/FRANCE - Only half of refugee children manage to attend primary school


Paris - In a report made public in recent days, on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May, UNESCO and UNHCR reported that only 50% of refugee children attend primary school, and 25% secondary school. In 2015, 38% of primary school pupils were girls in Kenya. 80% in Egypt, Iran or Yemen go to school, but 50% in Ethiopia and 40% in Pakistan. The situation is particularly serious for girls. In Kakuma camp in Kenya, and in the Iraqi province of Nayaf, 81% of displaced adolescents in the age group between 15 and 17 have never attended school. This situation is even worse in Afghanistan, where a mere 1% of girls go to school, compared to 20% of males.

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Sounds like the UNHCR is failing in their mission. Need more information on if all the camps have schools and their condition/staffing.

Where the number is zero, it kinda indicates they don’t have a school in the camp.


Does the report only address conditions in camps run by UNHCR or UNESCO? My impression was that the report addressed the situation faced by all refugees. However, the news article was less than clear.


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