News / Africa

UNESCO: Conflict Is Robbing 28 Million Children of Future

Children sift through garbage at a dump site in Harare, Zimbabwe, on President Robert Mugabe's 87th birthday, February 21, 2011 (file photo)
Children sift through garbage at a dump site in Harare, Zimbabwe, on President Robert Mugabe's 87th birthday, February 21, 2011 (file photo)

Multimedia

Audio
Lisa Bryant

Armed conflict is depriving about 28 million children worldwide of an education, yet the international community has been slow to address this dilemma. The warning comes in a report by the Paris-based United Nations cultural and education agency, UNESCO.

Attacks on schools, widespread rape and other atrocities not only have stunted lives, but also educational opportunities for millions of children around the world. That is the chilling finding of a new report by the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.   

Kevin Watkins, the director of the report, said, "We document one country after another - the Sudan, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan - where armed groups are acting with impunity in carrying out acts of rape and sexual violence against children."

UNESCO said that nearly half of all primary school-age children around the world - roughly 28 million of them - who are not enrolled in school live in conflict-torn countries. And their plight is one of the reasons why the world may miss its goal of universal primary education by 2015.

The U.N. agency is calling for an international commission to investigate rape and sexual violence against children - and for the International Criminal Court in The Hague to get involved.

"And in cases where governments are unwilling to do what they're supposed to do, which is to protect vulnerable children, we believe the dossier should be passed to the International Criminal Court and appropriate action taken."

Watkins says people living in these conflict-torn countries are doing everything they can to give their children an education. Only 2 percent of humanitarian aid goes to education, however, and that is far less than what is needed.

You May Like

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid