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222 million crisis-hit children currently require educational support

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222 million crisis-hit children currently require educational support

United Nations, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The UN global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), outlines that of those 222 million girls and boys, as many as 78.2 million are out of school, and close to 120 million who are in attendance are not achieving minimum proficiency in math or reading.
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In fact, just one in ten crisis-impacted children attending primary or secondary education are actually meeting proficiency standards.

The analysis indicates that 84% of the children losing out on school, are living in areas with protracted crises. And the vast majority are in countries specifically targeted through ECW’s ground-breaking multi-year investments, including Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, South Sudan, Yemen and Sudan.

The UN special envoy for global education, Gordon Brown, stressed there are financial resources to guarantee every child receives a quality education, but they must be unlocked, while he urged responsible action to benefit 222 million children and teens living amidst emergencies and protracted crises, he noted.

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