Archive for February 1st, 2018


3 in 10 Young People Illiterate Due to Conflicts, Disasters

Human Wrongs Watch

Nearly three in ten young people between the ages of 15 and 24 living in conflict- or disaster-affected countries are illiterate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 31 January 2018 said, calling for greater investments in the education, particularly for the most disadvantaged children and youth.

A destroyed classroom at Gerver Secondary School in Ninewa Governorate, Iraq. Much of the school was damaged when the area was occupied by militants in 2015. UNICEF/UNI199916/Jemelikova

The situation is particularly dire for girls and young women in that age group, with 33 per cent of them in emergency countries failing to learn even the basics, compared to 24 per cent of boys.

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