UNHCR / REFUGEE EDUCATION CRISIS

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More than 3.5 million refugee children between the ages of 5 and 17 did not get a single day in school during the last academic year, a new report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found. UNHCR
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DATELINE: JUNE 2017, UGANDA / MARCH 2017, DAMASCUS, SYRIA

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JUNE 2017, UGANDA, LOCATION UNKNOWN

1. Pan left, children singing in refugee camp
2. Various shots, girl, doing patching cloth
3. Various shots, children playing
4. Various shots, girls washing dishes
5. Wide shot, girls singing
6. Med shot, boy with makeshift ball

MARCH 2017, DAMASCUS, SYRIA

7. Tracking shot, boy walks on street
8. Wide shot, building with a UNHCR tarp on terrace
9. Wide shot, mother with children in room
10. Med shot, boys reading and writing

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More than 3.5 million refugee children between the ages of 5 and 17 did not get a single day in school during the last academic year, a new report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found.

According to the report, some 1.5 million refugee children were not in primary school and 2 million refugee adolescents were not in secondary school. The 2.3 million refugee children enrolled in primary school and the 600,000 refugee adolescents enrolled in secondary education were in need of increased support to help them stay and succeed in school.

On the global level, only 61 percent of refugee children attend primary education, comparing to 91 percent globally.

As refugee children get older, however the numbers fall drastically: just 23 percent of refugee adolescents are enrolled in secondary school, compared to 84 percent globally. In low-income countries, which host 28 percent of the world’s refugees, the number in secondary education is at 9 percent.

Report also says that refugee girls remain particularly disadvantaged. For every ten refugee boys in primary school, there are fewer than eight refugee girls and at secondary school fewer than seven refugee girls for every ten refugee boys.

In the report, the UNHCR urges the international community “to match their words with action” and to follow up on the implementation of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, signed by 193 countries last year, which emphasized education as a critical element of the international response.

The report also includes an appeal from world known student activist Malala Yousafzai to give “serious consideration to long-term consequences of neglecting education for refugee children” adding that “sustainable peace, prosperity and stability cannot be built without them.”

Education data on refugee enrolments and population numbers is drawn from UNHCR’s population database, reporting tools and education surveys and refers to 2016. The report also references global enrolment data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics referring to 2015.
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