UNHCR report highlights education crisis for refugee children

More than 3.5 million refugee children aged 5 to 17 did not have the chance to attend school in the last academic year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says in a report released today. These include some 1.5 million refugee children missing out on primary school, the report found, while 2 million refugee adolescents are not in secondary school. The report compares UNHCR sources and statistics on refugee education with data from UNESCO, the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization, on school enrolment around the world. Globally, 91 per cent of children attend primary school. For
refugees, that figure is far lower at only 61 per cent – and in low-income countries it is less than 50 per cent.

http://www.unhcr.org/59b696f44.pdf

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