Martine Edjuku was born into a country in conflict.
The Democratic Republic of Congo had been in political crisis for decades, something that came into sharp focus for her once Ms. Edjuku reached high school. As the conflict intensified, teachers were not paid and schools closed.
Ms. Edjuku and fellow students took up a collection to cover the transportation costs and a small salary just to get teachers to school, and classes were able to resume.
Increasing insecurity and a significant rise in school attacks puts almost two decades of progress at risk for Afghan children
Insurgency has destroyed not just schools but education for children in the north east. Judith Giwa-Amu, education officer at United Nations Children’s Fund in Nigeria, says education is just what children need to heal. But providing education in emergencies doesn’t come easy.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2427 on July 9, during the Council’s annual Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAC), held under the presidency of Sweden. The debate followed publication of the Secretary-General’s 2018 annual report on CAC, published on June 27, which documented a 35 percent increase in grave violations in 2017, as compared with the previous year. Following the adoption, the Council was briefed by Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Ms. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and Ms. Yenny Londoño, a civil society speaker representing a Group of Youth Advisers in Colombia. Ninety-one state delegations, representing approximately 116 countries, delivered statements during the Open Debate, which was overall positive in tone.
Girls May Suffer the Most
The upcoming Afghan presidential elections in October will make schools especially vulnerable. More than 60 percent of the voter registration and polling centers are schools.
Djibouti, Macedonia, Peru, and San Marino have become the latest countries to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment to protect education in war, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). Seventy-nine countries have now joined the Declaration, including 21 African Union, 35 Council of Europe, and 14 Organization of American States members.
Hundreds of schools close as violence surges
Dark clouds dimmed the late afternoon sun before a blustery sandstorm swept through the empty schoolyard in Burkina Faso’s northern Djibo town. Fewer than 20 students were present at the school, but there were no teachers or lessons. A surge in armed raids in the country’s northern borderlands has driven 65,000 pupils and more than 2,000 teachers from schools. Between January and April this year, 44 attacks were recorded in the northern regions.
U.K. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced his government’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration today, at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The U.K. is the 74th country to endorse the Declaration, joining two-thirds of Council of Europe and three-quarters of European Union members in committing to protect education in armed conflict.
Malala começou a atuar na defesa da educação para meninas com apenas 11 anos.
UNICEF says one of its workers and four teachers have been killed in the Central African Republic. It says a third of children are missing out on an education because of the fighting between armed groups. Many schools have been destroyed or are being used as camps for people who have escaped the violence.
The school in Maminzo village has four classrooms. There are rows of desks and chairs, even a two-metre high boundary wall to protect it from the militancy that once dominated this part of remote northern Pakistan. But there are no children, no teachers.
KASAI – Le territoire de Kamiji, situé dans la Province du Lomami, a été le terrain d’affrontements entre les forces de l’ordre et les miliciens de Kamuina Nsapu. Ces violences ont obligé des populations entières à se cacher dans la brousse, loin des services de base. Durant des mois, les enfants n’ont pas pu poursuivre leur scolarité.
The familiar sound of a school bell was heard in this war-torn city in Lanao del Sur province on Wednesday to signal a government-led drive to clean, repair and improve school buildings damaged by the five-month fighting between government troops and Islamic State-inspired terrorists.
Classrooms have been closed for almost a month now since the area came under heavy bombardment - on top of a four-year siege.
Unsafe schools, absent teachers and dangerous journeys to class are among the destructive ways that conflict is impacting the learning prospects of young Africans according to a new UNICEF survey carried out in Uganda and three other African countries.