Education in danger for nearly 1m children in Nepal
Organized by: Nisheeth Singh
EVENT DATE Aug 31, 2015
NEPAL Right to Education
At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings following the deadly earthquake.
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“Almost one million children who were enrolled in school before the earthquake could now find they have no school building to return to,” says Tomoo Hozumi, Unicef’s Representative in Nepal.
“Children affected by the earthquake need urgent life-saving assistance like clean water and shelter, but schools in emergencies – even in a temporary setup – play a vital role too,” said Tomoo Hozumi. “They minimise disruption to children’s education, protect them from exploitation and abuse, and provide them with messages to keep them safe and healthy. Going to school also allows children to regain a vital sense of routine that can help them come to terms with their experiences.”
We are doing everything we can to get children back to education as soon as possible – including working to set up child friendly spaces and temporary learning spaces in 14 districts affected by the earthquake.
However, we are concerned that great strides made over the last 25 years in increasing primary school enrolment in Nepal could suffer a serious setback in the aftermath of the earthquake. Nepal’s high dropout rate was already a major concern. Around 1.2 million Nepali children between the ages of five and 16 have either never attended school or have dropped out. Our experience shows that children who are out of school for extended periods, including during emergencies, become less and less likely to ever return to the classroom.
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