25 million children missing out on school in conflict zones: UN

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Students leave Yakoua school following classes in Bol, Lake Region, Chad, Thursday 20 April 2017. There are 500 displaced children attending the school of 800 students and only eight teachers, causing strain on an already weak education system in Chad. © UNICEF/Sokhin

More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found.

The agency works in conflict-affected countries to get children back into a learning environment.

It provides so-called "catch-up education" and informal learning opportunities, while training teachers, rehabilitating schools and distributing school furniture and supplies.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

South Sudan has the highest rate of out-of-school children, with close to 72 per cent missing out on the classroom, followed by Chad and Afghanistan, says UNICEF.

The three countries also have the highest rate of girls who are out of school.

At the lower-secondary school level, the highest rates of out-of-school children are found in the West African nation of Niger, where three quarters of girls are not in school.

This year, in Chad, UNICEF has responded to the education crisis there by providing school supplies to more than 58,000 students, supporting the salaries of over 300 teachers and more.

The agency will also provide quality education for children who have been displaced and those living in host communities with a US$ 10 million fund entitled "Education Cannot Wait" raised during the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.

Despite these efforts, funding shortfalls mean that children are still having trouble accessing classrooms in the conflict-affected areas of Chad.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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