Number of school-aged children in conflict zones increases

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Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp.© UNHCR/B.Sokol

A new paper from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, shows that half of the 57 million children out of school live in conflict-affected countries.

The paper was released in partnership with the non-governmental organization Save the Children to mark the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student shot by the Taliban in October 2012 on her way home from school.

Globally, the paper says, the number of children out of school has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011.

But the benefit of this slow progress has not reached children in conflict –affected areas. Their numbers have increased.

The paper shows that urgent action is needed to bring education to the nearly 30 million primary school age children who remain out of school in the world's conflict zones.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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