More than half of all school-age refugees are being denied education

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Refugee children on the border of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. Photo: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

More than half of all refugee children simply have no school to go to, according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR).

That amounts to 3.7 million children out of the six million that UNHCR is mandated to help.

Matthew Wells has more.

UNHCR chief, Filippo Grandi, said that "this represents a crisis for millions of refugee children" and that they were five times more likely to be out of school than the global average.

Commissioner Grandi added that their plight was being "sorely neglected" as it was one of the few opportunities that the international community has to "transform and build the next generation."

The UNCHR report compares its data with other UN figures for school enrolment, showing that only 50 per cent of refugee children have access to primary education, versus 90 per cent globally.

"As these children grow older, the gap becomes a chasm" says the report, with only 22 per cent of adolescents in the classroom, against a global figure of 84 per cent.

UNHCR is calling on all governments, donors, humanitarian agencies and other partners, to strengthen their commitment in the face of the education crisis.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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